Software

Proof of Conecpt for new Apple iTunes Vulnerability

If you haven’t updated your iTunes to the latest version yet, you might want to think about doing it relatively soon.   A new proof of concept shows that a malicious playlist could execute any code it wants on your Mac.  At this point, the vulnerability is only a proof of concept and no real world application of the issue has been seen yet.  For more on the vulnerability, you can check out SC Magazine posting on the topic:

http://www.scmagazine.com/itunes-vulnerability-may-enable-remote-code-execution/article/246207/

The latest version of iTunes released this past week addresses the issue.   You can update iTunes by going to the Software Update option under the Apple menu or by downloading it directly from the Apple support page at:

http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1426

Filemaker Releases Bento 4 for the iPad

Filemaker, Inc. has released the latest version of their Bento database creator for the iPad. Bento 4 is a completely stand alone database creator in its own right and can also sync with the Mac based version of Bento.  Bento 4 has a number of new features, including

  • One-tap linking to the Bento Template Exchange to access hundreds of free, ready-to-use templates to get started in seconds
  • Powerful design tools that let users customize templates, create forms and organize information with a tap
  • 40 retina display-ready themes that add coordinated backgrounds, fonts, and shading to mirror a user’s personal style
  • New ways to see and interact with your information such as Table view, Split view and Full Screen view
  • The ability to add calculations, encrypted fields and GPS location fields

Bento is currently available in English, Chinese, Dutch, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.  The latest version of Bento is available from the Apple App Store for an introductory price of $4.99 until 31 July 2012 at:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bento-4-for-ipad/id517414680?mt=8

The regular price for Bento is $9.99

Thunderbolt Software Update Released by Apple

Apple has released an update to their Thunderbolt Software, bringing it to version 1.2.1. The latest version of the software adds the support for the Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter which comes as an option with the new Mac Book Pro.

You can download the update through the Software Update menu under the Apple Menu or from the Apple Support website at:
http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1544

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.