New iOS passcode bypass bug discovered one day after iOS 6.1.3 release

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Date: Thursday, March 21st, 2013, 07:32
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, security

Well, this is sort of awkward…

Remember how you JUST installed iOS 6.1.3 to get rid of a passcode bypass bug that would allow an unauthorized person to access the Phone app on a locked iPhone? Per iMore and The Next Web, a new bypass bug has been discovered.

The passcode bypass in the previous versions of iOS 6 required a series of well-timed taps and button presses. The result was full access to the Phone app on a locked device without entering the passcode. This new bug (not quite new, it seems to have existed prior to iOS 6.1.3) requires a sequence that’s a little easier to execute as can be seen in this video. For some reason, this bypass seems to to be more difficult to accomplish on newer, Siri-capable devices.



The bypass can be achieved using the iPhone’s Voice Dial feature. By holding the Home button on a device for a few seconds, the Voice Dial feature will come up. Issue a dial command such as “Dial 303-555-1212”, then as the call is being initiated, eject the SIM card. The iPhone detects the SIM has been removed, cancels the call, and displays an alert saying there is no SIM. Behind the alert you will see the Phone app and after dismissing the alert, you will have full access to the Phone app. As before this means you can access contact information as well as all photos on the device.

Initially thought to only be possible on non-Siri phones, reports are now coming in of this bypass being performed on the iPhone 4S and 5 as well, though it doesn’t seem to be as easily reproducible on these devices. Performing the bypass on these devices devices would also require Siri to be disabled and Voice Dial to be enabled.

Unlike the previous bug, this bypass can also easily be prevented by disabling Voice Dial. This can be done in the iPhone’s Settings app, under General > Passcode Lock, by turning the Voice Dial switch to off. With the way Apple has been handling these so far, it would not be surprising to see this fixed in a 6.1.4 update.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Apple releases iOS 6.1.3 update

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Date: Tuesday, March 19th, 2013, 12:59
Category: iOS, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, security, Software

I’ll say this for Apple: it’s getting speedier on its iOS updates.

On Tuesday, Apple released iOS 6.1.3, a 107 megabyte download offering the following fixes for its supported iOS devices:

– Fixes a bug that could allow someone to bypass the passcode and access the Phone app.

– Improvements to Maps in Japan.

iOS 6.1.3 is available via iTunes or Over-The-Air updating and requires an iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, 5, iPad 2, third or fourth-gen iPad, iPod Touch 4th Gen or iPad Mini to install and run.

Dropbox updated to 2.0.2

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Date: Tuesday, March 19th, 2013, 12:51
Category: News, Software

You can’t knock a credible update.

On Tuesday, Dropbox released version 2.0.2 of its cloud-based storage client for Mac OS X. The new version, a 27.4 megabyte download (via MacUpdate), which adds the following fixes and changes:
– Fix a bug on OS X where the tray popup isn’t repositioned properly when plugging in an external monitor.

– Fix a bug on OS X where the tray popup can sometimes fail to appear.

– Fix a bug on OS X where the popup can fail to appear if the “Hide” option of the “Login Item” is set.

– Better reporting and handling of error conditions.

– Fix a bug where a notification’s time label sometimes contained incorrect information.

– Fix a bug where closing the client can trigger errors.

– Various performance improvement and bug fixes in rendering.

– Tweaks to notification acknowledgement.

– Minor tweaks to the tray popup’s UI.

– Other small fixes.

Dropbox 2.0.2 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new beta and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Adium updated to 1.5.6

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Date: Tuesday, March 19th, 2013, 06:56
Category: News, Software

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Adium, the open source instant message chat client with support for multiple programs (including AOL Instant Messenger, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo! Google Talk, Bonjour, etc.) has been updated to version 1.5.6.

The new version, a 22.8 megabyte download adds the following fixes and changes:
– Fixed a crash on startup on OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard.

– Fixed a crash when accepting or canceling the certificate verification dialog. (#16280)

– Fixed a crash or hang when trying to use OTR on 32-bits Macs. (#16203)

Adium 1.5.6 is available for free and requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later and an Intel-based Mac to run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any comments, let us know.

QuarkXPress updated to 9.5.1

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Date: Monday, March 18th, 2013, 12:10
Category: News, Software

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On Monday, software developer Quark released version 9.5.1 of its QuarkXPress design application. The 768 megabyte update, which can be downloaded here, adds the following changes:
– QuarkXPress 9.5.1 is a free update for QuarkXPress 9 that further improves quality and stability.

– Furthermore you can now embed fonts when creating content for HTML5 based apps with the new App Studio at AppStudio.net

QuarkXPress 9.5.1 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5.8 later to install and retails for US$799.00 for the full version.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

VMWare releases Fusion 5.0.3 update

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Date: Monday, March 18th, 2013, 06:02
Category: News, Software

Late Friday, virtualization softare maker VMWare released version 5.0.3 of its Fusion software for the Mac.

Similar to other virtualization software packages, VMWare allows users to run alternate operating systems such as Windows and Linux distributions on Intel-based Macs at native speeds. Other features, such as Unity, allow users to run and minimize Windows applications from the Mac OS X Dock.

The new version, a 206 megabyte download, can be found here and offers the following fixes and changes:
– VMware Fusion 5.0.3 is a maintenance release that resolves some known issues. It is a free upgrade for all VMware Fusion 5 users.

– Added support for Boot Camp partitions on 3TB disk drives.

– Improved the cursor performance for select applications, especially when in Unity mode.

– McAfee AntiVirus Plus updated with Windows 8 support.

– Resolved an issue that could result in blurry graphics under certain circumstances.

– Resolved an issue that resulted in horizontal scrolling being reversed in Unity mode.

– Resolved an issue with displaying Office 2013 applications on some recent Macs.

– Improvements to vSockets.

Fusion 5.0.3 retails for US$49.99 and requires an Intel-based Mac, 2 GB of RAM, Mac OS X 10.6.7 or later (10.7 recommended) and a copy of Windows (if you’ll be installing Windows).

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

VirtualBox updated to 4.2.10

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Date: Monday, March 18th, 2013, 06:10
Category: News, Software

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VirtualBox, an open source x86 virtualization project available for free has just hit version 4.2.10. The new version, a 109 megabyte download, features the following fixes and changes:
– GUI: fixed keyboard with XQuartz X server (bug #10664).

– Main/Display: fixed a crash with multi-monitors under certain conditions (OS X hosts only).

– Main/Properties: fixed a crash under certain conditions, for example after wakeup from host hibernate (bug #11444).

– Settings: don’t lose the internal network settings if they are not currently active.

– Storage: another incompatibility fix for VHD differencing images with Hyper-V (bug #5990).

– VBoxManage: don’t read beyond the end of the file specified with export –eulafile (bug #11528).

– Linux hosts / guests: Linux 3.9-rc0 compile fixes (bug #11529).

– Linux Additions: fixed two warnings in the shared folders guest kernel module (bug #11390).

– Linux Additions: don’t crash VBoxService if libdbus is not available (bug #8638).

– Windows Additions: fixed upgrading MultiMedia Redirection (MMR) support.

VirtualBox 4.2.10 is available for free and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later and an Intel-based Mac to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback, please let us know.

Apple releases MacBook Pro Retina SMC Update 1.1 for 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro users

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Date: Friday, March 15th, 2013, 07:53
Category: MacBook Pro, News, Software

Never doubt a good firmware update.

Late Thursday, Apple released its MacBook Pro Retina SMC Update 1.1 firmware update for its 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro notebook. The update, a 504 kilobyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:
– Resolves a rare issue where users may experience slow frame rates when playing graphics-intensive games.

– Includes bug fixes for Power Nap, wake from sleep and fan control.

The update can be located, snagged and installed via OS X’s Software Update features and requires a 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro running Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the firmware update and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Apple releases Safari 6.0.3 update

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Date: Friday, March 15th, 2013, 07:17
Category: News, security, Software

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Hey, an update’s an update.

Late Thursday, Apple released Safari 6.0.3, an update to its web browser. The new version, a 44.8 megabyte download (via MacUpdate), includes the following fixes and new features:
– Contains updated security content. Download included with OS X 10.8.3 Mountain Lion.

– Improves scrolling on facebook.com.

– Improves scrolling while zoomed in on a webpage.

– Improves performance on webpages with plug-in content.

– A fix for an issue that could cause the inaccurate appearance of an alert that bookmarks can’t be changed.

– A fix for an issue that could cause duplicate bookmarks to appear on an iOS device after editing bookmarks with Safari in OS X.

– A fix for an issue that permitted users to access unfiltered search results when searching from google.com when Parental Controls are enabled.

– A fix for an issue that could prevent Safari from restoring the last position on a webpage a user navigated back to.

Safari 6.0.3 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7 or later to install and run and can also be located and downloaded via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature. If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know.

Apple releases OS X 10.8.3 update

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Date: Friday, March 15th, 2013, 07:10
Category: News, Software

I think it’s fair to say that you’ve been hankering for this for a while now.

On Wednesday, Apple released version 10.8.3 of its OS X Mountain Lion operating system. The new version, a 540 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:
– The ability to redeem iTunes gift cards in the Mac App Store using your Mac’s built-in camera.

– Boot Camp support for installing Windows 8.

– Boot Camp support for Macs with a 3TB hard drive.

– A fix for an issue that could cause a file URL to quit apps unexpectedly.

– A fix for an issue that may cause Logic Pro to become unresponsive when using certain plug-ins.

– A fix for an issue that may cause audio to stutter on 2011 iMacs.

– Includes Safari 6.0.3.

OS X 10.8.3 requires an Intel-based Mac running OS X 10.8 to install and run, the update itself being attainable by using OS X’s Software Update feature.

If you’ve tried the new operating system and have any feedback whatsoever, please let us know in the comments.