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Security

+ - Apple Patches Kaminsky DNS Vulnerability

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Alexander Burke
Alexander Burke writes "Apple has just released Security Update 2008-005, which patches BIND against the Kaminsky DNS poisoning issue. "This update addresses the issue by implementing source port randomization to improve resilience against cache poisoning attacks. For Mac OS X v10.4.11 systems, BIND is updated to version 9.3.5-P1. For Mac OS X v10.5.4 systems, BIND is updated to version 9.4.2-P1."

It also closes the script-based local privilege escalation vulnerabilities, the most common examples of which were ARDAgent and SecurityAgent, and addresses other less-publicized security issues as well."
Movies

+ - MPAA's Jack Valenti Dead at 85

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Alexander Burke
Alexander Burke writes "Many news organizations are reporting the death of Jack Valenti at age 85 due to complications from a stroke. One of his most famous quotes, and indeed part of his legacy, is "the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone". He also is credited with the creation of the letter-based film rating system (PG, R, etc)."
OS X

+ - Last Mac OS X Tiger Update Released?

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Alexander Burke
Alexander Burke writes "Apple has released what is widely believed to be the last update to Mac OS X before the release of Leopard (10.5) this spring; this update brings Tiger to version 10.4.9.

The 10.4.9 Update is recommended for PowerPC and Intel-based Mac computers currently running Mac OS X Tiger version 10.4.8 and includes general operating system fixes, as well as specific fixes or compatibility updates for the following applications and technologies:
  • RAW camera support
  • Handling of large or malformed images that could cause crashes
  • Image capture performance
  • Mouse scrolling and keyboard shortcuts
  • Font handling
  • Playback quality, and bookmarks in DVD Player
  • USB video conferencing cameras for use with iChat
  • Bluetooth devices
  • Browsing AFP servers
  • Apple USB Modem
  • Windows-created digital certificates
  • Open and Print dialogs in applications that use Rosetta on Intel-based Macs
  • Time zone and daylight saving for 2006 and 2007
  • Security updates
Detailed information is available here."

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