Software

Mac Backdoor Trojan embedded in Word Documents

For those users who use Microsoft products on their Macs, you need to be aware that there is a new version of the Backdoor Trojan embedded in a word document related to the Tibetan situation.  According to this article, it is possibly related to the Chinese effort to keep an eye on Tibetan sympathizers and any group banned by the Chinese goverment:

http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012/03/30/mac-malware-backdoor/

Make sure that you update all of your Microsoft products to the latest version set by the Microsoft Updater and do not open any Word documents from unknown sources.

Mint 13 available

This is of concern to people running Intel Macs, PCs, or Virtual Machines.

As of May 23, 2012 the official version of Mint 13 is available from http://linuxmint.com. If anyone has the RC version, it seems to have updated successfully to the official version. The release comes on a single layer 800MB DVD. There are two versions at the moment. Cinnamon (a Gnome 3 fork) and MATE (a Gnome 2 fork). I have installed the 64 bit RC of Cinnamon and found it acceptable after installing various bits of useful software. Also, this release is a Long Term Support (LTS) release. It will be supported with updates for five years.

After a little more than a week of use I find it is acceptable on my machine. I have not tried it on any older machines yet.

The major advantage I found going from Mint 10 to Mint 13 is there are newer programs available in the repositories. I dislike the lack of options for panel configuration, but it looks better than Mint 12.

Price: FREE

Apple Releases Update for Safari

Apple has released an update to Safari to address several issues with Adobe Flash.  Safari 5.1.7 brings the app up to date and in line with Mac OS X 10.7.4 and addresses the following issues with the browser:

  • Improve the browser’s responsiveness when the system is low on memory
  • Fix an issue that could prevent webpages from responding after using a pinch to zoom gesture
  • Fix an issue that could affect websites using forms to authenticate users
  • Disable versions of Adobe Flash Player that do not include the latest security updates and provide the option to get the current version from Adobe’s website.

You can download the latest update from the Software Update option under the Apple Menu.

Apple releases Mac OS 10.7.4 Update

Apple has released the latest update to Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.  The Mac OS X 10.7.4 update addresses a number of issues including:

  • Resolve an issue where the “Reopen windows when logging back in” setting is always enabled
  • Improve compatibility with certain British third-party USB keyboards
  • Address an issue that may prevent files from being saved to a server
  • Improve the reliability of copying files to an SMB server

You can download the latest update through the Software Update feature under the Apple Menu or from the Apple Support website at:

http://support.apple.com/downloads/

Screenshots of New Mac version of Eamon Deluxe Posted

New screen shots of the impending Macintosh version of Eamon Deluxe version 5.0 have been posted on the Eamon Adventurers Guild Online Blog.  The screen shots show that the new software is nearly complete and seems to be operating nominally.  Although the site does not discuss any time frame for the actual release, the screen shots do make it appear that the release date will be very soon.

You can check out the new screen shots at the Eamon Adventurers Guild Online Blog

XperimentalZ Releases Another Update to DRWAPS

XperimentalZ Games has released a second update this week on the iOS game Don’t Run With A Plasma Sword.  This latest update was released to address an issue with resolution being a bit fuzzy on the New iPad and also a bug we discovered here at A.P.P.L.E., freezing of the game if you exited during screen loading.

You can download version 1.1.4 of DRWAPS from the Apple iTunes store at:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dont-run-with-a-plasma-sword/id479907900?mt=8

XperimentalZ Releases Update to DRWAPS

Dont Run With A Plasma Sword, the runner game from XperimentalZ Games has been updated to Version 1.1.3.  This version of the software was released to address a number of bugs, several of which were discovered by A.P.P.L.E. Staff in our testing of the game, including a bug which caused objectives to be auto completed in one particular level of the game.

DRWAPS is a high speed runner game that pits the user against a number of levels of play and many aliens, all with the intention of attacking the runner.  At the end of the story mode levels, the game pits an alien boss against the user, using differing attacking modes and speeds. Different rewards can be purchased with Experience Points within the game.   While the game can be totally upgraded through in-game upgrades, the challenge of accomplishing all these level-up awards is well worth the time it takes to play the game.

You can download the latest version of DRWAPS for $0.99 cents from the Apple iTunes Store at:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dont-run-with-a-plasma-sword/id479907900?mt=8

For users who have already purchased the program, this upgrade of DRWAPS will appear as a free download.

Apple Releases Flashback Removal Tool For Users Without Java

Apple has released the same Flashback Trojan Removal Tool that is found in the Java update for OS X 2012-003 as a standalone tool.  The new standalone version of the tool is for those users without Java installed.

You can download the Flashback malware Removal Tool from the Software Update feature under the Apple menu or from the Apple support website at:

http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1517

ADTPro 1.2.1 Released

David Schmidt has released an update to the ADTPro disk imaging package.  ADTPro allows users to convert Apple ][ and Apple /// disks to digital images for use with emulators.  According to the press release on CSA2, "This release has a couple of snazzy things that folks won't need to see very often:

The bare-metal bootstrapper works in about 1/3 the time it did before.  It now shifts the serial hardware into high gear to transmit the bulk of  the code in binary rather than via text on the screen.  Much the same way as Blurry's Apple Game Server.

There's a video of Speediboot(tm) in action here:
http://youtu.be/1xworYThmMI

The OSX version of the sever has an "installer" whereby the user drags the ADTPro folder to the Applications folder.  Much the same way as lots of OSX installers, like Mozilla.

http://adtpro.sourceforge.net

1.2.1 - April 12, 2012

New functionality:

* Serial now bootstraps from bare metal in 1/3 the time it used    to take with Speediboot(tm) technology

* [Server] Mac OSX has a prettier “installer” via the DMG – just   drag/drop the ADTPro folder to Applications

Bug fixes:

* [Server] Improve serial error recovery for two different   scenarios: 1, by waiting (much) longer before timing out to  allow for problemtatic/errorful block reads, and 2, flushing
   the serial port after things like checksum errors

Apple Updates Java for 3rd Time This Month To Deal With Flashback Trojan

Apple has released a third update to Java for both Mac OS x Lion and Mac OS X 10.6 to deal with the infections of the Flashback Trojan.  Infections reached a whopping 600,000 machines globally according to three anti-virus companies that were monitoring it (Dr. Web, the discoverer of the Trojan, Kaspersky, and Symantec) , however, that number has dropped to 270,000 in recent days.

The update on the Apple Support Website updates Java to Version 1.6.0_31.  This brings it inline with the Oracle version of Java.  You can download the latest version of Java through the Software Update feature under the Apple menu or from Apple’s Support website at :

http://support.apple.com/downloads/