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.

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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.

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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.

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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
-AirPort
-CarbonCore
-diskdev_cmds
-fetchmail
-ftpd
-gnutar
-Help Viewer
-HID Family
-Installer
-Kerberos
-Libinfo
-Login Window
-network_cmds
-SMB
-System Configuration
-URLMount
-Video Conference
-WebDAV
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.

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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.

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Apple and Cisco Discussing Ways to Make Respective “iPhone” Devices Cooperate

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Date: Wednesday, April 18th, 2007, 15:55
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Despite the near-legal-battle that ensued over the “iPhone” name a few months ago, Apple and Cisco have revealed that the two firms are looking to make their respective iPhone devices interoperable (Cisco’s device is a VoIP-based telephone and is currently on the market while Apple’s iPhone is currently in development).
The firms, which settled their dispute out of court, reached an accord in which each company has the right to use its name on its products according to AppleInsider. One condition of the agreement was for the two companies to investigate possibilities for interoperability in the areas of security as well as consumer and enterprise communications.
Last week, Cisco Chief Development Office Charlie Giancarlo revealed that Apple CEO Steve Jobs had held discussions with Cisco’s team as to how to make the iPhone compatible with Cisco’s consumer and business products.
“We’re optimistic, but it’s still early,” said Giancarlo, adding that ways in which the companies’ products can work together “are now being investigated by both technical teams.”
Giancarlo commented that the discussions are more centered around making Apple’s iPhone work with Cisco products and allowing the iPhone to work with Cisco’s corporate desk phone systems and have both sets of devices be capable of services such as instant messaging and teleconferencing.

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TuneView Now Available in Black, Receives Firmware Update

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Date: Wednesday, April 18th, 2007, 10:42
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Third party peripheral maker KeySpan has announced that it has released its TuneView remote control in black as well as updated it associated firmware.
The TuneView, which retails for US$179, functions as a remote control for fourth and fifth generation iPods as well as the iPod Nano and iPod Mini models and features a built in LCD screen that users can use to navigate through an iPod’s contents and doesn’t require a line of sight to interact with the iPod according to Macworld News.
The firmware, which reached version 1.2, is a 282 kilobyte download that allows for quicker scrolling through an iPod’s menu, improves wake-on-sleep performance and adds the ability to just to a specific first letter on a list of files. The updater applies to both the TuneView remote itself as well as its dock connector, which is updated in a separate process from the remote control.
If you’ve tried the new firmware and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.

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Saitek Releases Obsidian Scroll-Touch Wireless Mouse

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Date: Wednesday, April 18th, 2007, 09:51
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On Tuesday, Saitek‘s US division released the Obsidian, a new wireless mouse that replaces the standard scroll wheel with a touch-sensitive scroll pad and seam-free top buttons.
According to Electronista, the Obsidian also features hidden navigation buttons in the concentric patterns on the mouse’s sides and operates on two lithium-ion batteries as well as an included recharge cradle and spare battery pack. The mouse is managed by a 1,000 DPI sensor and functions on the Mac OS X, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems.
The Obsidian will be available via Saitek and retailers for US$50.

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Blue Raven Begins Selling Replacement iPod Batteries

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Date: Wednesday, April 18th, 2007, 08:08
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On Tuesday, Blue Raven Technology announced that it had released a complete line of iPod batteries for first through fifth generations iPods as well as the iPod Mini. The batteries will be available at birck and mortar and online locations such as CompUSA, Micro Center and Amazon.com according to iLounge and claim to offer an additional 30% more capacity than Apple’s standard iPod battery.
The company claims replacing the iPod’s battery to be easy and inexpensive, the kit including tools and instructions as to how to perform the procedure.
Prices start at US$29.95 before shipping and handling.

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Arkansas to Implement iPods and Wired School Bus in Technology Program

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Date: Wednesday, April 18th, 2007, 07:16
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Arkansas’ Sheridan school district will be trying something different in order to get the most out of the three hour daily commute some of its students have to endure in order to get to classes. The Aspirnaut Initiative, a three-year trial, will bring laptops, wireless Internet access and iPods aboard Sheridan’s Bus 46, wherein the students will use iPods to listen to educational podcasts and “high ability” students will be provided laptops to go online and use web-based learning tools according to ars technica.
During this time, students may be able to receive course credits for time spent learning on the bus and at the end of the trial period, students who complete the program would be allowed to keep the iPods and laptops.
The program, which is funded by donations from Vanderbilt University (the idea is the brainchild of biochemist Bill Hudson) and fund-raising, will limit its efforts to Bus 46 and may have greater success than efforts to raise funds entirely through taxes and public funding, wherein a recent Michigan effort came under fire for its attempts to allocate US$38 million for a technology program wherein the highlights included providing an iPod for every student in the state. The effort was defeated during legislative debate and three lawmakers who had received a compensated research trip to Apple’s headquarters came under fire to pay back the air fare.
Still, if it works, this could be something cool and at least that much more productive than the buses we rode to school on so many years ago.

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