Sunday, October 26

Apple Store Photos

I moved my Gallery of Apple Store Photos to MobileMe. I travel to an Apple Store if I am in the city with one. Check out the gallery over there on the right, or click right here.

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Apple Store Photos

I moved my Gallery of Apple Store Photos to MobileMe. I travel to an Apple Store if I am in the city with one. Check out the gallery over there on the right, or click right here.

Thanks.

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Thursday, October 23

ISC Podcast Episode Eleven Posted

Hey everyone, sorry it has taken so long to get around to recording another podcast episode. Travel schedules have been very crazy between us lately. Anyway, enough excuses, here is episode eleven. Thanks for all the emails asking me where it is! :) It helps to remind me....

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CRCError

Recorded CRCError podcast last night, I've edited some of it, but I thought I would post something about the website on here. Well.. it's down. So wtf right?

Well something about the hosting company where the server is hosted is retarded or something, I don't know the whole drama or the issue, but we're working to get the server back up, and then punch the hosting provider in the face.



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ISC Podcast Episode Eleven Posted

Hey everyone, sorry it has taken so long to get around to recording another podcast episode. Travel schedules have been very crazy between us lately. Anyway, enough excuses, here is episode eleven. Thanks for all the emails asking me where it is! :) It helps to remind me....

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Just this podcast
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CRCError

Recorded CRCError podcast last night, I've edited some of it, but I thought I would post something about the website on here. Well.. it's down. So wtf right?

Well something about the hosting company where the server is hosted is retarded or something, I don't know the whole drama or the issue, but we're working to get the server back up, and then punch the hosting provider in the face.



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Tuesday, October 21

Mark Wahlberg Talks to Animals

This has been cracking me up for like the past 3 days. I love it.



Of course it has a sequel as well:




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Mark Wahlberg Talks to Animals

This has been cracking me up for like the past 3 days. I love it.



Of course it has a sequel as well:




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Tuesday, October 14

Google Calendar Syncing, MobileMe, and iCal

Recently I've had to start keeping my Calendar on Google Calendar. (For a really good reason, and, it's not the free version of Google Calendar either.) However, I didn't know how I was going to get my iCal to publish to Google Calendar, AND sync with MobileMe at the same time.

Well I started trying to connect iCal to Google Calendar via CalDAV, which I wrote about in an earlier post. However, Google's implementation of CalDAV is still kinda broke. You can't really schedule people's time, you can't see their availability, you can't call people up from the address book, and you can't have To-Do's on the calendar that you are syncing, so that breaks a bunch of stuff for me.

So I was going to try and just keep my calendar on iCal, and have it publish to Google Calendar, well, that wasn't going to work either for a couple reasons. I actually can't remember all the reasons right now, but it had to be something really big for me to abandon it right away.

So I started looking into Apps that would sync my calendars for me. So I came up with BusySync.

So I took the following steps, since my calendar was maintained in iCal, YMMV, but good luck:
1. I exported my iCal calendar and put it on my desktop.
2. Logged into Google Calendar and imported my iCal calendar into Google Calendar (took a few seconds, I have a rather large calendar).
3. Deleted my local calendar in iCal.
4. Fired up BusySync and told BusySync to Sync my Google Calendar to local iCal.
5. Viola.

Since BusySync syncs a calendar to a "local" calendar (as opposed to a "subscribed" calendar) everything works fine, in fact, MobileMe will sync your calendar right down to your iPhone.

Problem Solved.

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Google Calendar Syncing, MobileMe, and iCal

Recently I've had to start keeping my Calendar on Google Calendar. (For a really good reason, and, it's not the free version of Google Calendar either.) However, I didn't know how I was going to get my iCal to publish to Google Calendar, AND sync with MobileMe at the same time.

Well I started trying to connect iCal to Google Calendar via CalDAV, which I wrote about in an earlier post. However, Google's implementation of CalDAV is still kinda broke. You can't really schedule people's time, you can't see their availability, you can't call people up from the address book, and you can't have To-Do's on the calendar that you are syncing, so that breaks a bunch of stuff for me.

So I was going to try and just keep my calendar on iCal, and have it publish to Google Calendar, well, that wasn't going to work either for a couple reasons. I actually can't remember all the reasons right now, but it had to be something really big for me to abandon it right away.

So I started looking into Apps that would sync my calendars for me. So I came up with BusySync.

So I took the following steps, since my calendar was maintained in iCal, YMMV, but good luck:
1. I exported my iCal calendar and put it on my desktop.
2. Logged into Google Calendar and imported my iCal calendar into Google Calendar (took a few seconds, I have a rather large calendar).
3. Deleted my local calendar in iCal.
4. Fired up BusySync and told BusySync to Sync my Google Calendar to local iCal.
5. Viola.

Since BusySync syncs a calendar to a "local" calendar (as opposed to a "subscribed" calendar) everything works fine, in fact, MobileMe will sync your calendar right down to your iPhone.

Problem Solved.

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Monday, October 13

1001

Some insight.

So, here I am at 1,001 posts. What do I have to say? Absolutely nothing more than what I said at 900. Do what you do, say what you say, and people will be interested.

Between my 900 and my 1000 posts, I've picked up about 200% more readers (rss subscribers) and average about 500% more hits a day.

Recently I've picked up a bunch more readers through subscriptions, it's basically like a heartbeat diagram that keeps going up. When my name is mentioned somewhere, or I do a post on the ISC or something, I get a huge influx of readers, then it dies off a little bit, but a few stick around to see what nonsense I have to ramble about. It hasn't been much lately as I've been pretty busy with work and what not.

I'll try and get more active in the future. I promise. I've just got alot going on right now, I'm lucky if I can get through my email.

Speaking of which, I need to do another "processing" email post, as I've changed alot about that.

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1001

Some insight.

So, here I am at 1,001 posts. What do I have to say? Absolutely nothing more than what I said at 900. Do what you do, say what you say, and people will be interested.

Between my 900 and my 1000 posts, I've picked up about 200% more readers (rss subscribers) and average about 500% more hits a day.

Recently I've picked up a bunch more readers through subscriptions, it's basically like a heartbeat diagram that keeps going up. When my name is mentioned somewhere, or I do a post on the ISC or something, I get a huge influx of readers, then it dies off a little bit, but a few stick around to see what nonsense I have to ramble about. It hasn't been much lately as I've been pretty busy with work and what not.

I'll try and get more active in the future. I promise. I've just got alot going on right now, I'm lucky if I can get through my email.

Speaking of which, I need to do another "processing" email post, as I've changed alot about that.

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Friday, October 10

Apple Security Update 2008-007

I wish my 1000th post on the blog was way more insightful than this, but it's not going to be. I'll have to write something that really reflects a 1000th post. But it will be 1001.


Introducing Apple Security Update 2008-007. Just released last night:

Security Update 2008-007
  • Apache

CVE-ID: CVE-2007-6420, CVE-2008-1678, CVE-2008-2364

Available for: Mac OS X v10.5.5, Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: Multiple vulnerabilities in Apache 2.2.8

Description: Apache is updated to version 2.2.9 to address several vulnerabilities, the most serious of which may lead to cross site request forgery. Apache version 2 is not bundled with Mac OS X Client systems prior to version 10.5. Apache version 2 is bundled with Mac OS X Server v10.4.x systems, but is not active by default. Further information is available via the Apache web site at http://httpd.apache.org/

  • Certificates

Available for: Mac OS X v10.4.11, Mac OS X Server v10.4.11, Mac OS X v10.5.5, Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: Root certificates have been updated

Description: Several trusted certificates were added to the list of system roots. Several existing certificates were updated to their most recent version. The complete list of recognized system roots may be viewed via the Keychain Access application.

  • ClamAV

CVE-ID: CVE-2008-1389, CVE-2008-3912, CVE-2008-3913, CVE-2008-3914

Available for: Mac OS X Server v10.4.11, Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: Multiple vulnerabilities in ClamAV 0.93.3

Description: Multiple vulnerabilities exist in ClamAV 0.93.3, the most serious of which may lead to arbitrary code execution. This update addresses the issues by updating to ClamAV 0.94. ClamAV is not bundled on Mac OS X Client systems. Further information is available via the ClamAV website at http://www.clamav.net/

  • ColorSync

CVE-ID: CVE-2008-3642

Available for: Mac OS X v10.4.11, Mac OS X Server v10.4.11, Mac OS X v10.5.5, Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: Viewing a maliciously crafted image may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution

Description: A buffer overflow exists in the handling of images with an embedded ICC profile. Opening a maliciously crafted image with an embedded ICC profile may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution. This update addresses the issue by performing additional validation of ICC profiles in images. Credit: Apple.

  • CUPS

CVE-ID: CVE-2008-3641

Available for: Mac OS X v10.4.11, Mac OS X Server v10.4.11, Mac OS X v10.5.5, Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: A remote attacker may be able to cause arbitrary code execution with the privileges of the 'lp' user

Description: A range checking issue exists in the Hewlett-Packard Graphics Language (HPGL) filter, which may cause arbitrary memory to be overwritten with controlled data. If Printer Sharing is enabled, a remote attacker may be able to cause arbitrary code execution with the privileges of the 'lp' user. If Printer Sharing is not enabled, a local user may be able to obtain elevated privileges. This update addresses the issue by performing additional bounds checking. Credit to regenrecht working with TippingPoint's Zero Day Initiative for reporting this issue.

  • Finder

CVE-ID: CVE-2008-3643

Available for: Mac OS X v10.5.5, Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: A file on the Desktop may lead to a denial of service

Description: An error recovery issue exists in Finder. A maliciously crafted file on the Desktop which causes Finder to unexpectedly terminate when generating its icon will cause Finder to continually terminate and restart. Until the file is removed, the user account is not accessible via Finder's user interface. This update addresses the issue by generating icons in a separate process. This issue does not affect systems prior to Mac OS X v10.5. Credit to Sergio 'shadown' Alvarez of n.runs AG for reporting this issue.

  • launchd

Available for: Mac OS X v10.5.5, Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: Applications may fail to enter a sandbox when requested

Description: This update addresses an issue introduced in Mac OS X v10.5.5. An implementation issue in launchd may cause an application's request to enter a sandbox to fail. This issue does not affect programs that use the documented sandbox_init API. This update addresses the issue by providing an updated version of launchd. This issue does not affect systems prior to Mac OS X v10.5.5.

  • libxslt

CVE-ID: CVE-2008-1767

Available for: Mac OS X v10.4.11, Mac OS X Server v10.4.11, Mac OS X v10.5.5, Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: Processing an XML document may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution

Description: A heap buffer overflow issue exists in the libxslt library. Viewing a maliciously crafted HTML page may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution. Further information on the patch applied is available via http://xmlsoft.org/XSLT/ Credit to Anthony de Almeida Lopes of Outpost24 AB, and Chris Evans of Google Security Team for reporting this issue.

  • MySQL Server

CVE-ID: CVE-2007-2691, CVE-2007-5969, CVE-2008-0226, CVE-2008-0227, CVE-2008-2079

Available for: Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: Multiple vulnerabilities in MySQL 5.0.45

Description: MySQL is updated to version 5.0.67 to address several vulnerabilities, the most serious of which may lead to arbitrary code execution. These issues only affect Mac OS X Server systems. Further information is available via the MySQL web site at http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/releasenotes-cs-5-0-67.html

  • Networking

CVE-ID: CVE-2008-3645

Available for: Mac OS X v10.4.11, Mac OS X Server v10.4.11, Mac OS X v10.5.5, Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: A local user may obtain system privileges

Description: A heap buffer overflow exists in the local IPC component of configd's EAPOLController plugin, which may allow a local user to obtain system privileges. This update addresses the issue through improved bounds checking. Credit: Apple.

  • PHP

CVE-ID: CVE-2007-4850, CVE-2008-0674, CVE-2008-2371

Available for: Mac OS X v10.4.11, Mac OS X Server v10.4.11, Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: Multiple vulnerabilities in PHP 4.4.8

Description: PHP is updated to version 4.4.9 to address multiple vulnerabilities, the most serious of which may lead to arbitrary code execution. Further information is available via the PHP website at http://www.php.net/ These issues only affect systems running Mac OS X v10.4.x, Mac OS X Server v10.4.x, or Mac OS X Server v10.5.x.

  • Postfix

CVE-ID: CVE-2008-3646

Available for: Mac OS X v10.5.5

Impact: A remote attacker may be able to send mail directly to local users

Description: An issue exists in the Postfix configuration files. For a period of one minute after a local command-line tool sends mail, postfix is accessible from the network. During this time, a remote entity who could connect to the SMTP port may send mail to local users and otherwise use the SMTP protocol. This issue does not cause the system to be an open mail relay. This issue is addressed by modifying the Postfix configuration to prevent SMTP connections from remote machines. This issue does not affect systems prior to Mac OS X v10.5 and does not affect Mac OS X Server. Credit to Pelle Johansson for reporting this issue.

  • PSNormalizer

CVE-ID: CVE-2008-3647

Available for: Mac OS X v10.4.11, Mac OS X Server v10.4.11, Mac OS X v10.5.5, Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: Viewing a maliciously crafted PostScript file may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution

Description: A buffer overflow exists in PSNormalizer's handling of the bounding box comment in PostScript files. Viewing a maliciously crafted PostScript file may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution. This update addresses the issue by performing additional validation of PostScript files. Credit: Apple.

  • QuickLook

CVE-ID: CVE-2008-4211

Available for: Mac OS X v10.5.5, Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: Downloading or viewing a maliciously crafted Microsoft Excel file may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution

Description: A signedness issue exists in QuickLook's handling of columns in Microsoft Excel files may result in an out-of-bounds memory access. Downloading or viewing a maliciously crafted Microsoft Excel file may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution. This update addresses the issue by performing additional validation of Microsoft Excel files. This issue does not affect systems prior to Mac OS X v10.5. Credit: Apple.

  • rlogin

CVE-ID: CVE-2008-4212

Available for: Mac OS X v10.4.11, Mac OS X Server v10.4.11, Mac OS X v10.5.5, Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: Systems that have been manually configured to use rlogin and host.equiv may unexpectedly permit root login

Description: The manpage for the configuration file hosts.equiv indicates that entries do not apply to root. However, an implementation issue in rlogind causes these entries to also apply to root. This update addresses the issue by properly disallowing rlogin from the root user if the remote system is in hosts.equiv. The rlogin service is not enabled by default in Mac OS X, and must be manually configured in order to be enabled. Credit to Ralf Meyer for reporting this issue.

  • Script Editor

CVE-ID: CVE-2008-4214

Available for: Mac OS X v10.4.11, Mac OS X Server v10.4.11, Mac OS X v10.5.5, Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: A local user may gain the privileges of another user that is using Script Editor

Description: An insecure file operation issue exists in the Script Editor application when opening application scripting dictionaries. A local user can cause the scripting dictionary to be written to an arbitrary path accessible by the user that is running the application. This update addresses the issue by creating the temporary file in a secure location. Credit: Apple.

  • Single Sign-On

Available for: Mac OS X v10.5.5, Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: The sso_util command now accepts passwords from a file

Description: The sso_util command now accepts passwords from a file named in the SSO_PASSWD_PATH environment variable. This enables automated scripts to use sso_util more securely.

  • Tomcat

CVE-ID: CVE-2007-6286, CVE-2008-0002, CVE-2008-1232, CVE-2008-1947, CVE-2008-2370, CVE-2008-2938, CVE-2007-5333, CVE-2007-5342, CVE-2007-5461

Available for: Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: Multiple vulnerabilities in Tomcat 6.0.14

Description: Tomcat on Mac OS X v10.5 systems is updated to version 6.0.18 to address several vulnerabilities, the most serious of which may lead to a cross site scripting attack. These issues only affect Mac OS X Server systems. Further information is available via the Tomcat site at http://tomcat.apache.org/

  • vim

CVE-ID: CVE-2008-2712, CVE-2008-4101, CVE-2008-2712, CVE-2008-3432, CVE-2008-3294

Available for: Mac OS X v10.5.5, Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: Multiple vulnerabilities in vim 7.0

Description: Multiple vulnerabilities exist in vim 7.0, the most serious of which may lead to arbitrary code execution when working with maliciously crafted files. This update addresses the issues by updating to vim 7.2.0.22. Further information is available via the vim website at http://www.vim.org/

  • Weblog

CVE-ID: CVE-2008-4215

Available for: Mac OS X Server v10.4.11

Impact: Access control on weblog postings may not be enforced

Description: An unchecked error condition exists in the weblog server. Adding a user with multiple short names to the access control list for a weblog posting may cause the Weblog server to not enforce the access control. This issue is addressed by improving the way access control lists are saved. This issue only affects systems running Mac OS X Server v10.4. Credit: Apple.

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Apple Security Update 2008-007

I wish my 1000th post on the blog was way more insightful than this, but it's not going to be. I'll have to write something that really reflects a 1000th post. But it will be 1001.


Introducing Apple Security Update 2008-007. Just released last night:

Security Update 2008-007
  • Apache

CVE-ID: CVE-2007-6420, CVE-2008-1678, CVE-2008-2364

Available for: Mac OS X v10.5.5, Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: Multiple vulnerabilities in Apache 2.2.8

Description: Apache is updated to version 2.2.9 to address several vulnerabilities, the most serious of which may lead to cross site request forgery. Apache version 2 is not bundled with Mac OS X Client systems prior to version 10.5. Apache version 2 is bundled with Mac OS X Server v10.4.x systems, but is not active by default. Further information is available via the Apache web site at http://httpd.apache.org/

  • Certificates

Available for: Mac OS X v10.4.11, Mac OS X Server v10.4.11, Mac OS X v10.5.5, Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: Root certificates have been updated

Description: Several trusted certificates were added to the list of system roots. Several existing certificates were updated to their most recent version. The complete list of recognized system roots may be viewed via the Keychain Access application.

  • ClamAV

CVE-ID: CVE-2008-1389, CVE-2008-3912, CVE-2008-3913, CVE-2008-3914

Available for: Mac OS X Server v10.4.11, Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: Multiple vulnerabilities in ClamAV 0.93.3

Description: Multiple vulnerabilities exist in ClamAV 0.93.3, the most serious of which may lead to arbitrary code execution. This update addresses the issues by updating to ClamAV 0.94. ClamAV is not bundled on Mac OS X Client systems. Further information is available via the ClamAV website at http://www.clamav.net/

  • ColorSync

CVE-ID: CVE-2008-3642

Available for: Mac OS X v10.4.11, Mac OS X Server v10.4.11, Mac OS X v10.5.5, Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: Viewing a maliciously crafted image may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution

Description: A buffer overflow exists in the handling of images with an embedded ICC profile. Opening a maliciously crafted image with an embedded ICC profile may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution. This update addresses the issue by performing additional validation of ICC profiles in images. Credit: Apple.

  • CUPS

CVE-ID: CVE-2008-3641

Available for: Mac OS X v10.4.11, Mac OS X Server v10.4.11, Mac OS X v10.5.5, Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: A remote attacker may be able to cause arbitrary code execution with the privileges of the 'lp' user

Description: A range checking issue exists in the Hewlett-Packard Graphics Language (HPGL) filter, which may cause arbitrary memory to be overwritten with controlled data. If Printer Sharing is enabled, a remote attacker may be able to cause arbitrary code execution with the privileges of the 'lp' user. If Printer Sharing is not enabled, a local user may be able to obtain elevated privileges. This update addresses the issue by performing additional bounds checking. Credit to regenrecht working with TippingPoint's Zero Day Initiative for reporting this issue.

  • Finder

CVE-ID: CVE-2008-3643

Available for: Mac OS X v10.5.5, Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: A file on the Desktop may lead to a denial of service

Description: An error recovery issue exists in Finder. A maliciously crafted file on the Desktop which causes Finder to unexpectedly terminate when generating its icon will cause Finder to continually terminate and restart. Until the file is removed, the user account is not accessible via Finder's user interface. This update addresses the issue by generating icons in a separate process. This issue does not affect systems prior to Mac OS X v10.5. Credit to Sergio 'shadown' Alvarez of n.runs AG for reporting this issue.

  • launchd

Available for: Mac OS X v10.5.5, Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: Applications may fail to enter a sandbox when requested

Description: This update addresses an issue introduced in Mac OS X v10.5.5. An implementation issue in launchd may cause an application's request to enter a sandbox to fail. This issue does not affect programs that use the documented sandbox_init API. This update addresses the issue by providing an updated version of launchd. This issue does not affect systems prior to Mac OS X v10.5.5.

  • libxslt

CVE-ID: CVE-2008-1767

Available for: Mac OS X v10.4.11, Mac OS X Server v10.4.11, Mac OS X v10.5.5, Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: Processing an XML document may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution

Description: A heap buffer overflow issue exists in the libxslt library. Viewing a maliciously crafted HTML page may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution. Further information on the patch applied is available via http://xmlsoft.org/XSLT/ Credit to Anthony de Almeida Lopes of Outpost24 AB, and Chris Evans of Google Security Team for reporting this issue.

  • MySQL Server

CVE-ID: CVE-2007-2691, CVE-2007-5969, CVE-2008-0226, CVE-2008-0227, CVE-2008-2079

Available for: Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: Multiple vulnerabilities in MySQL 5.0.45

Description: MySQL is updated to version 5.0.67 to address several vulnerabilities, the most serious of which may lead to arbitrary code execution. These issues only affect Mac OS X Server systems. Further information is available via the MySQL web site at http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/releasenotes-cs-5-0-67.html

  • Networking

CVE-ID: CVE-2008-3645

Available for: Mac OS X v10.4.11, Mac OS X Server v10.4.11, Mac OS X v10.5.5, Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: A local user may obtain system privileges

Description: A heap buffer overflow exists in the local IPC component of configd's EAPOLController plugin, which may allow a local user to obtain system privileges. This update addresses the issue through improved bounds checking. Credit: Apple.

  • PHP

CVE-ID: CVE-2007-4850, CVE-2008-0674, CVE-2008-2371

Available for: Mac OS X v10.4.11, Mac OS X Server v10.4.11, Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: Multiple vulnerabilities in PHP 4.4.8

Description: PHP is updated to version 4.4.9 to address multiple vulnerabilities, the most serious of which may lead to arbitrary code execution. Further information is available via the PHP website at http://www.php.net/ These issues only affect systems running Mac OS X v10.4.x, Mac OS X Server v10.4.x, or Mac OS X Server v10.5.x.

  • Postfix

CVE-ID: CVE-2008-3646

Available for: Mac OS X v10.5.5

Impact: A remote attacker may be able to send mail directly to local users

Description: An issue exists in the Postfix configuration files. For a period of one minute after a local command-line tool sends mail, postfix is accessible from the network. During this time, a remote entity who could connect to the SMTP port may send mail to local users and otherwise use the SMTP protocol. This issue does not cause the system to be an open mail relay. This issue is addressed by modifying the Postfix configuration to prevent SMTP connections from remote machines. This issue does not affect systems prior to Mac OS X v10.5 and does not affect Mac OS X Server. Credit to Pelle Johansson for reporting this issue.

  • PSNormalizer

CVE-ID: CVE-2008-3647

Available for: Mac OS X v10.4.11, Mac OS X Server v10.4.11, Mac OS X v10.5.5, Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: Viewing a maliciously crafted PostScript file may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution

Description: A buffer overflow exists in PSNormalizer's handling of the bounding box comment in PostScript files. Viewing a maliciously crafted PostScript file may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution. This update addresses the issue by performing additional validation of PostScript files. Credit: Apple.

  • QuickLook

CVE-ID: CVE-2008-4211

Available for: Mac OS X v10.5.5, Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: Downloading or viewing a maliciously crafted Microsoft Excel file may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution

Description: A signedness issue exists in QuickLook's handling of columns in Microsoft Excel files may result in an out-of-bounds memory access. Downloading or viewing a maliciously crafted Microsoft Excel file may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution. This update addresses the issue by performing additional validation of Microsoft Excel files. This issue does not affect systems prior to Mac OS X v10.5. Credit: Apple.

  • rlogin

CVE-ID: CVE-2008-4212

Available for: Mac OS X v10.4.11, Mac OS X Server v10.4.11, Mac OS X v10.5.5, Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: Systems that have been manually configured to use rlogin and host.equiv may unexpectedly permit root login

Description: The manpage for the configuration file hosts.equiv indicates that entries do not apply to root. However, an implementation issue in rlogind causes these entries to also apply to root. This update addresses the issue by properly disallowing rlogin from the root user if the remote system is in hosts.equiv. The rlogin service is not enabled by default in Mac OS X, and must be manually configured in order to be enabled. Credit to Ralf Meyer for reporting this issue.

  • Script Editor

CVE-ID: CVE-2008-4214

Available for: Mac OS X v10.4.11, Mac OS X Server v10.4.11, Mac OS X v10.5.5, Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: A local user may gain the privileges of another user that is using Script Editor

Description: An insecure file operation issue exists in the Script Editor application when opening application scripting dictionaries. A local user can cause the scripting dictionary to be written to an arbitrary path accessible by the user that is running the application. This update addresses the issue by creating the temporary file in a secure location. Credit: Apple.

  • Single Sign-On

Available for: Mac OS X v10.5.5, Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: The sso_util command now accepts passwords from a file

Description: The sso_util command now accepts passwords from a file named in the SSO_PASSWD_PATH environment variable. This enables automated scripts to use sso_util more securely.

  • Tomcat

CVE-ID: CVE-2007-6286, CVE-2008-0002, CVE-2008-1232, CVE-2008-1947, CVE-2008-2370, CVE-2008-2938, CVE-2007-5333, CVE-2007-5342, CVE-2007-5461

Available for: Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: Multiple vulnerabilities in Tomcat 6.0.14

Description: Tomcat on Mac OS X v10.5 systems is updated to version 6.0.18 to address several vulnerabilities, the most serious of which may lead to a cross site scripting attack. These issues only affect Mac OS X Server systems. Further information is available via the Tomcat site at http://tomcat.apache.org/

  • vim

CVE-ID: CVE-2008-2712, CVE-2008-4101, CVE-2008-2712, CVE-2008-3432, CVE-2008-3294

Available for: Mac OS X v10.5.5, Mac OS X Server v10.5.5

Impact: Multiple vulnerabilities in vim 7.0

Description: Multiple vulnerabilities exist in vim 7.0, the most serious of which may lead to arbitrary code execution when working with maliciously crafted files. This update addresses the issues by updating to vim 7.2.0.22. Further information is available via the vim website at http://www.vim.org/

  • Weblog

CVE-ID: CVE-2008-4215

Available for: Mac OS X Server v10.4.11

Impact: Access control on weblog postings may not be enforced

Description: An unchecked error condition exists in the weblog server. Adding a user with multiple short names to the access control list for a weblog posting may cause the Weblog server to not enforce the access control. This issue is addressed by improving the way access control lists are saved. This issue only affects systems running Mac OS X Server v10.4. Credit: Apple.

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Sunday, October 5

ROFL


Saw this today, had to post it.  Man that's awesome.

BTW -- Star Wars.


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ROFL


Saw this today, had to post it.  Man that's awesome.

BTW -- Star Wars.


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Thursday, October 2

An actual meeting held via iChat

Earlier this week, me and three of my coworkers held a 4-way iChat Video Conference as a meeting. It worked great.

Of course, as bandwidth decreases, the video codec is dynamically reduced, however, the 4 of us had a face to face video/audio chat for over an hour about some code testing. It worked great. I've been using iChat to do one-on-one meetings with one person for a couple years now, however, never had the opportunity to have a call with 4 people. (Never had the bandwidth to sustain it before), and now that I have FiOS... awesome.


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An actual meeting held via iChat

Earlier this week, me and three of my coworkers held a 4-way iChat Video Conference as a meeting. It worked great.

Of course, as bandwidth decreases, the video codec is dynamically reduced, however, the 4 of us had a face to face video/audio chat for over an hour about some code testing. It worked great. I've been using iChat to do one-on-one meetings with one person for a couple years now, however, never had the opportunity to have a call with 4 people. (Never had the bandwidth to sustain it before), and now that I have FiOS... awesome.


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