Apple issues patch for BASH

Apple has now issued its own patch for OS X Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks. It’s called OS X bash Update 1.0 and it can be downloaded from the Apple web site. The update is also available for OS X Lion Server.

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Third-party patch and vulnerabilities roundup – September 2014

It’s been an interesting month on the patch and vulnerability front, starting from BASH, also known as Shellshock; going on to the release of iOS 8 and the resulting fiasco in which Apple released a fix that caused even bigger problems; and Adobe delaying the release of its patches. More here!

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Dangerous Bash Bug lurking in Linux and OS X

Some security experts are calling it “bigger than Heartbleed”. A newly discovered bug in the Bash shell can be exploited to run malicious code immediately after the shell is invoked in Linux and UNIX-based operating systems. Bash shell is one of the most-used utilities for Linux/UNIX.

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iOS update fiasco: now it’s Apple’s turn

Apple’s self-described “biggest iOS release ever”, iOS 8, is turning into the company’s biggest headache ever.

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iOS 8 fixes 53 security flaws in iPhone and iPad

On September 17, Apple released seven updates, which might not sound like a lot until you dig down and realize that the patches address 55 different CVEs.

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In search of the perfect form factor

I’ve been looking – for what seems like forever – for a computing device that doesn’t seem to exist. All I want is a machine that’s as compact, thin and light as my Galaxy Note, has a built-in screen that’s as gorgeous as that on my Tab S, has a fantastic keyboard that weighs almost nothing like my Surface Pro, and has processor and memory power equivalent to my desktop tower. Is that really too much to ask?

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Better late than untested: delayed Adobe patches released

This month, Adobe missed the September 9 date with two of its patches, delaying the release of new versions of Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat, which are updated to fix eight vulnerabilities.

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Talking tech to… My devices

I know talking to my tech gadgets is the future, so let’s look at where that technology has been, where it is today, and where it’s headed.

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Here we go again: Microsoft pulls another problematic patch

Microsoft’s August Patch Tuesday turned into chaos and confusion when a small but significant number of users reported serious problems, including blue screens, after installing the monthly security updates.

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Cyberstranger danger: Traveling safely on the info highway

Just as there are “bad parts of town” populated by drug pushers and other criminals, there are bad web sites, full of pornography, hateful propaganda, and lies that can seduce young, naïve minds. In the U.S., the federal government recognized the potential for abuse back in 2000 and passed the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), amidst a good bit of controversy from civil libertarians over the censorship aspect. More in this post.

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