MacBook Pro Hacked at CanSecWest Event

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Date: Monday, April 23rd, 2007, 08:26
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It may not be the news everyone wants to hear where Mac OS X security is concerned, but it’s useful to know either way. One of two “honeypot” (computers which are set up as challenges) MacBook Pro laptops was hacked into at the Canadian CanSecWest security conference.
According to MacNN, a team consisting of Matasano Security researcher Dino Dai Zovi and engineer Shane Macaulay were able to design an exploit for Apple’s Safari web browser and gain user-level access to the Mac OS X operating system. The duo were able to successfully run the hack after contest host eased rules and permitted attendees to attack via code sent through malicious web sites instead of trying to enter through Mac OS X itself.
“At this point all we can say is there is an exploitable flaw in Safari which can be triggered within a malicious web page,” they wrote. “Of course all of the latest security patches have been applied. This one is 0day folks.”
The pair is splitting a prize pack of the MacBook Pro used in the exploit and applying for a US$10,000 prize that’s been offered by TippingPoint’s Zero Day Initiative bug bounty program.
Additional details can be found over at the Apple Core blog.


Microsoft Updates IntelliPoint, IntelliType Drivers

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Date: Monday, April 23rd, 2007, 07:32
Category: Software

On Saturday, Microsoft released version 6.2 of their drivers for their IntelliType keyboards and IntelliType mice. The drivers, a 6.9 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker).
The new version enables features such as button and keyboard customization as well as access to battery status and requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later to run. The drivers are programmed as a Universal Binary and function at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
So far the update’s gone smoothly on this end, but if you’ve tried the new version and had a memorable user experience (either positive or negative), let us know.


Newer Technology New Offering eSATA Extender Cable for Mac Pro Line

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Date: Friday, April 20th, 2007, 07:54
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On Thursday, Newer Technology announced that it was shipping its eSATA Extender Cable for the 8-core and quad-core Mac Pro computers. The cable, priced at US$24.95, allows access to two SATA ports located on the logic board, boosting the number of drives that can be used by the machine from four to six.
The cable, compatible with both SATA-I and SATA-II devices, ships with a step by step illustrated installation manual. The cable is compatible with the 2.0 GHz, 2.66 Ghz and 3.0 GHz quad-core Xeon units shipped in August of 2006 as well as the 3.0 GHz 8-core Xeon 5300 units that shipped this month. The card is immediately available through Other World Computing, Newer Technology’s exclusive distributor.


iPodMods Offering 100 GB Hard Drive Upgrades

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Date: Friday, April 20th, 2007, 07:23
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The folks over a iPodMods are now offering a full deal wherein the company offering 100 gigabyte hard drive updates for fifth generation iPod units. For US$300, the company will ship you a brand new Toshiba hard drive as well as a tool kit and installation instructions. The item also ties in with an offer for a US$39.99 replacement iPod battery according to Engadget .
Full details can be found here and like similar offers, the 30 gigabyte fifth generation iPod and the newest generation iPods will take the upgrade, but use a slightly larger backing in the end.


PowerPage Podcast Episode 40

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Date: Friday, April 20th, 2007, 07:54
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoEpisode 40 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (1:13’18, 26.041MB, AAC).
Your panel: Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker, Youngmoo Kim and Chuck Freedman.
Topics include: Leopard and iPhone Delays and Apple’s Final Cut Studio 2.
Subscribe to the PowerPage Podcast directly in iTunes or add the Podcast RSS feed to the newsreader of your choice.
Thank you to The Tragically Hip for allowing us use their music in the podcast. Check out their new album World Container in stores now.


Apple Releases Security Update 2007-004

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Date: Thursday, April 19th, 2007, 16:54
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Apple has just released the fourth security update of 2007. The update, which varies in size (from a 9.1 megabyte download to a 50.2 megabyte download from either Apple’s web site or Mac OS X’s Software Update feature) depending on the operating system, makes changes to the following Mac OS X system components:
-AFP Client
-Help Viewer
-HID Family
-Login Window
-System Configuration
-Video Conference
Full technical details as to changes made can be found here.
Since system and security updates carry a certain amount of apprehension in terms of the changes they make, let us know how the update works for you.


Retrospect 6 Driver Update Released

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Date: Thursday, April 19th, 2007, 14:31
Category: Software

It may be minor on some level, but if you’ve forgotten to back your files up and a hard drive goes south, there’s only so much complaining your friends and family will put up with after the fact. On Thursday, Dantz released Retrospect 6 Driver Update, a maintenance update for its Retrospect 6 backup software that fixes bugs and adds support for the following devices:
-Buffalo Link Station Pro
-Dell PowerVault TL2000
-Dell PowerVault TL4000
-HP StorageWorks 1/8 G2 Tape Autoloader
-Imation Odyssey
-Qualstar RLS-8204
-Qualstar RLS-8404
-Qualstar RLS-8216
-Tandberg RDX QuikStor USB
The update is a 2.2 megabyte download and requires Retrospect 6 or later and Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
If you’re a heavy Retrospect, let us know what the new version changes and how you like it.


Smith Micro Announces MediaRecover 4

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Date: Thursday, April 19th, 2007, 13:58
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On Thursday, Smith Micro Software announced that its MediaRecover 4 file recovery program is now available. Like similar recovery programs that have come to the market recently, MediaRecover is focused around recovering data from flash and memory cards as well as digital cameras.
The software, which retails for US$29.99, can be used to recover the following file formats as well as repair corrupt storage areas:
Images: jpg, tif, png, gif, bmp, exif
RAW Image files: Canon crw, Casio cam, Fuji raf, Hasselblad, Kodak dcr, Leaf mos, Leica, Minolta mrw, Nikon nef, Olympus orf, Panasonic, Pentax pef, Phase ONE AS, Ricoh j6i, Sigma x3f, Sony srf, sr2, raw, dmg
Audio/Video clips: avi, mov, mpg, mpeg, aif, aiff, dvf, m4b, iso, asx, midi, rm, ra, 3gpp, 3gpp2
Email files: eml, nsf, url
Document files: doc, xls, hlp, lwp, rpt, wri, vss, vsd, vst, mbx
Archive files: bkf, jar, gz, gzip
Graphic files: emf, jp2, epx, dwg, ai, fh8-fh11
Database files: mdx, prm
MediaRecover 4 also boasts a new Format Option in which new system files are written to corrupt media, offering it a better chance of being readable by your camera or computer again. The program, which requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run, is written as a Universal Binary and runs at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.


BBEdit Updated to 8.6.2

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Date: Thursday, April 19th, 2007, 12:49
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On Thursday, Bare Bones Software released version 8.6.2 of BBEdit, its popular text and HTML editor. The update, which is free for registered users (the software retails for US$125 and crossgrade and update discounts are available according to Macworld News. The new version, a 14.3 megabyte download, features the following fixes and improvements:
-Fixed bug in which certain Control-key combinations could end up being inserted into the editing window when used as menu command equivalents.
-Fixed bug in which the Java function scanner didn’t correctly handle backslash escapes in strings.
-Fixed bug in which temporary files created for diffs (cvs, p4, subversion) were prematurely removed when multiple diff operations were running.
-Fixed a class of bug in the CSS margin/padding/border editors in which for given inputs they would incorrectly populate the editor dialog and/or generate incorrect CSS when applying the values. (This was most apparent when the rule set specified properties/values for a single side of the box.)
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Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0 Out the Door

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Date: Thursday, April 19th, 2007, 08:23
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thunderbirdlogo.jpg, creators of the Firefox web browser, has just released version 2.0 of Thunderbird, its free e-mail client. The new program, a 19.2 megabyte download, sports the following fixes and new features:
-The ability to customize your toolbars the way you want them. Choose View / Toolbars / Customize inside any window.
-UI extensions can be added to Mozilla Thunderbird to customize your experiene with specific features and enchancements that you need. Support for extensions. Extensions allow you to add features particular to your needs such as offline mail support.
-A new look and feel. Thunderbird also supports a large number of downloadable themes which alter the appearance of the client.
-An addressing sidebar for mail compose which makes it easy and convient to add address book contacts to emails.
-Online help includes a FAQ, tips and tricks and other useful information.
-Simplified preferences UI and menus.
-Footprint and performance improvements.
-Message Tags: Create your own tags for organizing email. Messages can be assigned any number of tags. Tags can be combined with saved searches and mail views to make it easier to organize email.
-Visual Theme: Thunderbird 2’s theme and user interface have been updated to improve usability and maximize screen real estate.
-Session History Navigation: Back and Forward buttons allow navigation through message history.
-Advanced Folder Views: Customize the folder pane to show favorite, unread or recent folders.
-Easy Access to Popular Web Mail Services: Gmail and .Mac users can access their accounts in Thunderbird by simply providing their user names and passwords.
-Improved Support For Extensions: Extensions can now add custom columns to the message list pane in addition to storing custom message data in the mail database.
-Improved New Mail Notification Alerts: New mail alerts include information such as the subject, sender and message preview text.
-Folder Summary Popups: Mouse over a folder with new messages to see a summary of the new messages in that folder.
-Saved Search Folder Performance: Search results for saved search folders are now cached, improving folder loading performance.
-Find As You Type: Finds and highlights message text as you type.
-Improved Filing Tools: Recent folder menu items for moving and copying messages to recently used folders. Move / Copy again functionality.
-Updates to the Extension System: The extension system has been updated to provide enhanced security and to allow for easier localization of extensions.
Thunderbird 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later to run and is programmed as a Universal Binary, allowing for native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
As always, if you’ve played with the new version and have any feedback, positive or negative, let us know.