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  • Apple's Tim Cook demands Chinese spy chip story to be retracted by Bloomberg

    10/19/2018 8:30:42 PM PDT · by cba123 · 66 replies
    MSN News ^ | 8 hrs ago | Christopher Carbone
    Apple CEO Tim Cook has upped the ante in its denial of an investigative report claiming a Chinese spy chip was embedded into the tech giant's servers, telling BuzzFeed News that Bloomberg must retract the story--"This did not happen. There's no truth to this." "I was involved in our response to this story from the beginning," Cook said according to Buzzfeed. "I personally talked to the Bloomberg reporters along with Bruce Sewell who was then our general counsel. We were very clear with them that this did not happen, and answered all their questions. ... Each time they brought this...
  • Nasty piece of CSS code crashes and restarts iPhones

    09/17/2018 8:27:13 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 25 replies
    ZDNet ^ | September 15, 2018 | By Catalin Cimpanu
    A security researcher has discovered a vulnerability in the WebKit rendering engine used by Safari that crashes and restarts the iOS operating system used by iPhones and iPads. The vulnerability can be exploited by loading an HTML page that uses specially crafted CSS code. The CSS code isn't very complex and tries to apply a CSS effect known as backdrop-filter to a series of nested page segments (DIVs). Backdrop-filter is a relative new CSS property and works by blurring or color shifting to the area behind an element. This is a heavy processing task, and some software engineers and web...
  • Windows Notepad fixed after 33 years: Now it finally handles Unix, Mac OS line endings

    05/09/2018 9:43:07 AM PDT · by dayglored · 36 replies
    The Register ^ | May 8, 2018 | Thomas Claburn
    So happy for you, Microsoft, \r\n Windows Notepad users, rejoice! Microsoft's text editing app, which has been shipping with Windows since version 1.0 in 1985, has finally been taught how to handle line endings in text files created on Linux, Unix, Mac OS, and macOS devices."This has been a major annoyance for developers, IT Pros, administrators, and end users throughout the community," Microsoft acknowledged in a blog post today, without touching on why the issue was allowed to fester for more than three decades.Notepad's line feed limitations may not inspire the same level of partisan bickering as the tabs vs....
  • Researchers Uncover macOS and Safari Exploits at Pwn2Own 2018

    03/17/2018 12:14:12 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    MacRumors ^ | March 15, 2018 | MacRumors
    The eighteenth annual CanSecWest security conference is underway in downtown Vancouver, Canada, where researchers are competing in the 11th Pwn2Own computer hacking contest for over $2 million in prizes. Day one results have already been published over at the Zero Day Initiative website, with a couple of successful Mac-related exploits already appearing in the list of achievements. Image via Zero Day Initiative​ Samuel Groß of phoenhex returned to Pwn2Own to successfully hack Apple's desktop Safari browser. Groß used a JIT optimization bug in Safari, a macOS logic bug, and a kernel overwrite to execute code to successfully exploit the browser,...
  • Apple releases macOS 10.13.3, iOS 11.2.6, watchOS 4.2.3, and tvOS 11.2.6 with Telugu Text bug fix

    02/21/2018 5:46:29 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 12 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | February 21, 2018 - 8AM
    Apple releases macOS 10.13.3 supplemental update with with Telugu text bug fixes Apple has released macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 Supplemental Update with a fix to CoreText wherein a Telugu character could crash text apps. Apple addressed a memory corruption issue via improved input validation. macOS 10.13.3 Supplemental Update is available via Software Update. Apple releases iOS 11.2.6, watchOS 4.2.3, and tvOS 11.2.6 with with Telugu text bug fixes Apple has released iOS 11.2.6, watchOS 4.2.3, and tvOS 11.2.6 with fixes to CoreText wherein a Telugu character could crash text apps. Apple addressed a memory corruption issue via improved input validation....
  • Latest Apple Update Deletes Easter,But Leaves 'Indigenous Peoples Day'

    02/19/2018 11:52:52 AM PST · by LouieFisk · 111 replies
    MRCtv ^ | February. 19. 2018 | Brittany M. Hughes,
    Were still not sure if it was a glitch, an oops or an intentional snub, but it looks like Easter Sunday has disappeared from Apples iPhone calendars under the company's latest software update. Fox News reports some iPhone users have complained that Easter Sunday, which falls on April 1 this year and is the most important holiday in Christianity, has been erased from Apples calendar under its latest iOS version 11.2.5.
  • Apple releases Meltdown patches for older versions of Mac

    01/24/2018 12:57:34 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 23, 2018 | Jordan Novet
    Apple has now released Meltdown patches for its three most recent versions of the macOS operating system. Earlier this month Apple said it was working on mitigations for the Spectre vulnerability, which is said to be harder to exploit Tim CookMark Neuling - CNBC Apple on Tuesday took the next step toward protecting Mac users from recently disclosed security vulnerabilities that have been shown to affect many kinds of devices. The move brings Apple closer to being on par with Microsoft in terms of deploying protections for older versions of its desktop operating systems. On Tuesday Apple said it...
  • An iMessage 'text bomb' is floating around that can freeze your iPhone (or Mac)

    01/18/2018 2:56:51 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    iMore ^ | January 17, 2018 | By TORY FOULK
    A bug publicly released by a developer can freeze — and possibly crash — your device if you open it in Messages. According to an article by Nicole Nguyen at Buzzfeed, yesterday afternoon software developer Abraham Masri publicly posted the bug — a security vulnerability called "chaiOS" that he found while attempting to break the operating system via "fuzzing" — to Github. Fuzzing is essentially a way of testing for vulnerabilities that involves putting way too much data into a system in order to crash it. 👋 Effective Power is back, baby! chaiOS bug:Text the link below, it will freeze...
  • PowerShell comes to MacOS and Linux. Oh and Windows too

    01/12/2018 6:11:41 AM PST · by dayglored · 29 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 12, 2018 | Simon Sharwood
    Microsoft has given the world new versions of PowerShell that bring the popular automation and scripting tool to MacOS and Linux.PowerShell Core 6.0s both an upgrade and a replacement for its predecessors.Its a replacement because Microsoft is no longer actively developing its predecessor, Windows PowerShell. That tool will be kept secure in future updates to Windows Server and Windows.Those of you looking for future fun, by way of enhancements, need to adopt PowerShell Core. That moniker reflects the fact it runs with the .Net Core, rather than the Windows-only .NET framework.The change has been made because Microsoft wants sysadmins to...
  • How to protect your PC against the major Meltdown CPU security flaw

    01/04/2018 6:45:29 AM PST · by Red Badger · 64 replies ^ | Jan 4, 2018, 8:12am EST | By Tom Warren
    Only Intel machines are affected by Meltdown Details have emerged on two major processor security flaws this week, and the industry is scrambling to issue fixes and secure machines for customers. Dubbed Meltdown and Spectre, the flaws affect nearly every device made in the past 20 years. The Meltdown flaw only affects Intel processors, and researchers have already released proof of concept code that could lead to attacks using Meltdown. The vulnerabilities allow an attacker to compromise the privileged memory of a processor by exploiting the way processes run in parallel. They also allow an attacker to use JavaScript code...
  • Why real hackers prefer Linux over Windows and Mac

    09/19/2016 8:08:27 PM PDT · by LouieFisk · 13 replies ^ | September 18, 2016 | Vijay Prabhu
    "Today we look at the reason why hackers always prefer Linux over Mac, Windows, and other operating systems. You may have your own reasons for choosing Linux but what do hackers really look forward to while working with Linux."
  • Chart of the Week: Who Is Most Likely to Switch From Windows to a Mac?

    06/30/2017 1:20:52 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 70 replies
    Verto Analytics ^ | June 21, 2017 | By Connie Hwong
    Has Microsoft finally caught up to Apple? The latest reviews of Microsofts new laptops hint that Apples cachet (and price points) may be wearing thin among consumers. Verto Analytics conducted a Smart Poll of current Windows owners (among U.S. adults, ages 18 and above) and asked them if they planned to buy an Apple as their next computer (either laptop or desktop) in the next 6-24 months. We also asked current Mac owners about their intentions to switch to a Windows machine within the next 6-24 months. Windows Owners Are More Likely to Make a Switch to Mac According to...
  • New macOS ransomware spotted in the wild

    02/22/2017 5:15:34 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    Macworld ^ | February 22, 2017 | By Lucian Constantin
    The programs creator asks for payments but doesnt have the encryption key to unlock victims files A new file-encrypting ransomware program for macOS is being distributed through BitTorrent websites, and users who fall victim to it wont be able to recover their files, even if they pay. Crypto ransomware programs for macOS are rare. This is the second such threat found in the wild so far, and its a poorly designed one. The program was named OSX/Filecoder.E by the malware researchers from antivirus vendor ESET who found it. OSX/Filecoder.E masquerades as a cracking tool for commercial software like Adobe Premiere...
  • Microsoft fixes remote desktop app Mac hole (MS Remote Desktop app for MacOS/OSX)

    01/23/2017 8:34:42 PM PST · by dayglored · 3 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 24, 2017 | Darren Pauli
    Full read/write access was there for the taking Microsoft has patched a code execution hole in its Mac remote desktop client that grants read and write to home directories if users do no more than click a link, says Italian security researcher Filippo Cavallarin. The hole was patched 17 January. Cavallarin says the flaw allowed remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable machines if users did not more than click phishing links. From there, attackers would gain read and write access to Mac home directories. "Microsoft Remote Desktop Client for Mac OS X allows a malicious terminal server to...
  • Which Apple Components Were Developed By The US Government (And why the NSA wants Apple to help)

    09/11/2013 8:39:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 09/11/2013 | Tyler Durden
    While the investing community this morning is focused squarely on the very disappointing iPhone 5 relaunch and the lack of a cemented China Mobile deal, which has resulted in a $20 billion loss in market cap in early trading for the second most widely held hedge fund stock, a thing that we find more curious in the aftermath of the latest revalations of an implicit, if not explicitly voluntary, joint venture between Apple and the US government and specifically its NSA uberspies, is just how much of Apple's product suite is derived thanks to developments by the US government....
  • Paul Ryan Just BETRAYED Trump After Teaming Up With THIS Liberal!

    06/21/2016 1:43:50 PM PDT · by WayneDupreeShow · 20 replies
    Headline Politics ^ | 6-21-16 | Wayne Dupree
    If youre wondering why Donald Trump is so popular Republicans are sick of electing good conservatives, only to watch them cave to the bullying tactics of those so very tolerant and nice liberals. One by one, elected Republicans compromise away their principles to sit at the cool kid table. Paul Ryan used to be pretty cool. Speaker Paul Ryan is joining Apples Tim Cook for a fundraiser next week in California. A couple of days ago Cook said Apple will not be sending any money to the GOP convention because they do not agree with Donald Trump. Im sure that...
  • WWDC: Apple's new ADFS file system brings improved encryption and features for SSDs

    06/14/2016 7:10:58 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    V3 ^ | June 14, 2016 | by Graeme Burton
    The security services aren't going to like this Apple doubles-down on encryption in new APFS file system Apple is deepening support for encryption in its PCs, laptops and devices with the introduction of Apple File System (APFS), a new file system that will replace the existing HFS+ file system from next year.APFS has been "engineered with encryption as a primary feature", according to Apple, adding extra encryption features into the file system that will make it easier for users to encrypt files. However, it may also reignite disputes with law enforcement and security agencies over backdoors for encrypted communications and...
  • Apple announces macOS Sierra will ship in the fall, developer beta today, public beta in July

    06/13/2016 7:38:56 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | June 13, 2016 | By Benjamin Mayo
    Apples brand new operating system for its laptops and desktop computers, macOS, will ship in the fall for all customers. A beta for developers will be released later today. Theres a host of new features, including Auto Unlock, Continuity Clipboard, Apple Pay, Siri for Mac and more. A public beta will be offered in July. Apple today previewed macOS Sierra, a major update to the worlds most advanced desktop operating system, with new features that make the Mac smarter and more helpful than ever. Siri is now on the Mac with brand-new capabilities to help with the things users do...
  • Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD. Repeat. Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD

    06/09/2016 5:38:38 AM PDT · by dayglored · 19 replies
    The Register ^ | Jun 9, 2016 | Simon Sharwood
    Redmond will support it inside Azure and send code back to the FreeBSD Foundation Microsoft has published its own distribution of FreeBSD 10.3 in order to make the OS available and supported in Azure. Jason Anderson, principal PM manager at Microsoft's Open Source Technology Center says Redmond took on the work of building, testing, releasing and maintaining the image so it could ensure our customers have an enterprise SLA for their FreeBSD VMs running in Azure. Microsoft did so to remove that burden from the FreeBSD Foundation, which relies on community contributions. Redmond is not keeping its work on FreeBSD...
  • PC market sinking even faster than first thought, thanks to Windows 10

    06/11/2016 4:09:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 82 replies
    The Register ^ | 10 Jun 2016 | Simon Sharwood
    The abacus-shufflers of analyst firm IDC have revised their 2016 PC sales forecasts downwards. The firm now says PC shipments ... are forecast to decline by 7.3% year over year. That's roughly two per cent below earlier projections as conditions have been weaker than expected. The firm names weak currencies, depressed commodity prices, political uncertainty, and delayed projects as the weaker conditions impacting sales. Windows 10 isn't helping matters either, because lots of people are availing themselves of free Windows 10 upgrades rather than buying a new PC. The firm also says that while a large share of enterprises are...