After almost two weeks since the last updates released by Apple to remove the Trojan Flashback, a new malware attacks OS X systems through Java exploit, drawing Apple to the drastic decision of disabling the Java environment.
The threat, named Backdoor.OSX.SabPub.a by Kaspersky, sends to its creators information form an infected system through screenshots and it seems to originate from China. Costin Raiu from Kaspersky also informed that the malware appears to use the Exploit.Java.CVE-2012-0507.bf vulnerability and that the source of the attack proved to be an infected Word document containing a statement from Dalai Lama.
“In case you are wondering, the name of the file (“10th March Statemnet”) is directly linked with the Dalai-Lama and Tibetan community. On March 10, 2011, the Dalai-Lama released a special statement related to Anniversary of the Tibetan People’s National Uprising Day — hence the name.”
As attackers are using security flaws from Java to access Mac hardware, Apple’s decision of disabling both the plugin and the Java Web Start applet fitted the bill. Apple also decided to no longer ship OS X Lion with Java pre-installed, leaving the usage of it at the users’ choice.
Apple implemented few days ago a Java security update 2012-001, due to the Trojan BackDoor.Flashback that infested more than 550K Mac, mostly in the U.S., Canada and UK.
According to the reports received by 9to5 Mac, it seems that Apple is pushing forward a new version of Java update, as noted in the Software Update. The new update, 2012-002, displaces the previous –001, though it appears in the KB article still as -001.
Specifications about the aim of the new update are not mentioned yet. Maybe the first update was meant to close the vulnerability in Java 1.6.0_29 that caused the Macs infection, while the latter comes with security improvements.
This is the third update of OS X Lion, being minor but notable because is promising to solve some issues from the previous version 10.7.2. One of the most expected fixes in this version is the one related to Wi-fi connection when waking from sleep, as I have noticed it is a common problem under Lion and many users complain about it. An update for Safari, v5.1.3, is also built in the Lion download kit.
The OS X Lion v10.7.3 update is recommended for all OS X Lion users and includes fixes that:
- Add Catalan, Croatian, Greek, Hebrew, Romanian, Slovak, Thai, and Ukrainian language support;
- Address issues when using smart cards to log into OS X;
- Address an issue printing Microsoft Word documents that use markup;
- Address compatibility issues with Windows file sharing;
- Address a graphics performance issue after sleep on some earlier iMacs that use ATI graphics;
- Address an issue that may prevent Safari from opening before joining a wireless network;
- Resolve issues authenticating with directory services;
- Include RAW image compatibility for additional digital cameras.
This new update is available in Software Update or you can get it directly from Apple’s site.
Firefox, one of the leading Internet browsers, released today an update to version 10 which is available and ready to download for Mac and Windows. Lately, Mozilla rapidly launched new versions arriving in nine months from version 4, to version 10.
Some of the new features it brings, are the forward button that automatically hides when forward action is not valid, and the possibility to visualize full-screen web applications, which means we can enjoy games, movies and landscapes much more.
Firefox 10 also fixed a bookmarks crashing bug, enhanced the HTML5 element tag support, integrated CSS3 3D transformation which wasn’t available before, and added Anti-Aliasing for OpenGL. The rest of improvements are addressed to developers.
For the moment, Firefox 10 does not support full screen feature for Mac OS X Lion which is believed to be integrated in Firefox 12 beta version.
To get this update, go directly to your Firefox browser, select “About Firefox” and the update will automatically download. After installing, your browser needs to be restarted.
How Bosson’s song used to say “You’re one in a million, you’re once in a lifetime”, this gadget is really one in a million.When it comes to Mac, details do matter; it’s like every inch is very well planned and structured in advance.
At first glance you’re going to say that it requires a lot of knowledge and novice users will encounter difficulty when using it.It is indeed a powerful computer, built on world’s most advanced operating system, namely OS X Lion but it’s easy to handle.The latest iMac comes with Intel Core i5 quad-core processor that alows the user to switch through application in no time and even if one is working with ultiple applications, iMac would still function at full speed. An intersting feature that is worth being mentioned is FaceTime Camera HD that establishes video calls with such a clear image that you practically have the impression of talking to a person right in front of you.
Apple has launched 4 models of iMac and big differences could be seen between the first and the last sample, in screen size of 21.5’ or 27’ with quad-core Intel Core i5, processors from 2.5 to 3.1 GHz, memory- 4GB Ram, Storage from 500 GB to 1 TB and AMD Radeon 6 series Graphics.