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New Apple Security Update Deals with Certificate Fraud

Posted by zduncan | Posted in Computer | Posted on 09-09-2011

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Apple Security UpdateApple issued a security update on Friday for the Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard operating systems. This update, according to Apple, was designed to address a security issue that was related to fraudulent online certificates.

Known as Security Update 2011-005, this update is now available to download through a software update or as a 15.59MB download for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. Only an 869KB download is required for users downloading the update for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. As far as Apple is concerned, the update is strongly recommended for any and all Mac users.

The Security Update 2011-005 addresses an issue that could potentially allow a computer hacker with a privileged network position to intercept the credentials of other users or even steal sensitive data and information like user IDs, passwords or other, more personal information.

Apple sent out the update in response to fraudulent certificates that were issued by multiple certificate authorities operated by DigiNotar. More on that story can be found here. Apple’s update does, however, remove DigiNotar from the list of trusted root certificates and also from the list of Extended Validation (EV) certificate authorities.

In addition to all of that, the security update also configures the default system trust settings so that DigiNotar’s certificates, including all of those that were issued by other authorities, are not viewed as trusted.

Another update was also sent out by Apple on Thursday for Lexmark printers. This update, known as Lexmark 2.6 Printer Driver, includes the latest Lexmark printing and scanning software required for both Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. The 133.99MB update for that can also be downloaded directly from Apple as well.

Source: Apple Insider – Apple releases Mac OS X Security Update 2011-005 to stop certificate fraud

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Apple Recommends You Upgrade to OS X 10.6.8, Even Though It Isn’t Even Out Yet

Posted by zduncan | Posted in Computer | Posted on 22-06-2011

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Mac OS X Snow LeopardHere’s something interesting. Even though it has yet to be released, Apple is recommending that users of the newly released Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5 and Compressor 4 update their systems to Mac OS X 10.6.8. So how am I supposed to upgrade to something that doesn’t technically exist yet?

In a recent support document released by Apple after the new Pro apps became available, Apple briefly mentioned that “Updating to Mac OS X v10.6.8 or later is strongly recommended when using Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5 or Compressor 4.” Update to Mac OS X v10.6.8 or later!? How can I go to a later version if the earlier one isn’t even available? Has Apple somehow discovered the secret to time travel or something?

This recommendation seems to indicate that the update to Mac OS X should be available very soon. In addition to OS X 10.6.8, Apple is also working on the initial public version of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion scheduled to become available next month. Apple seems to have high hopes for this as Apple has delayed the release of its new notebooks to wait for OS X 10.7.

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion will be available for a nominal $30 fee via the Mac App Store but the new 10.6.8 update for Mac OS X Snow Leopard will be a free update available via Software Update for all existing Snow Leopard users.

Apple is also reminding people that the new Pro Apps run Software Update in order to download and install the new QuickTime codecs for Pro Apps. This includes Apple Intermediate Codec, Apple PreRes, AVC-Intra, DVCPRO HD, HDV, XDCAM HD / EX / HD422, MPEG IMX and Uncompressed 4:2:2.

Source: Apple Insider – Apple recommends yet unreleased OS X 10.6.8 for Final Cut Pro X users

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