Apples Need Patches Too – 13 of Them

According to the latest Apple security update (2007-005), Macs need patches just like any other personal computer.  And these aren’t soft and fuzzy patches for iPods. 

This security update corrects 17 vulnerabilities affecting software packages that ship as part of OS X 10.3.9 and 10.4.9. Some of these vulnerabilities allow attackers to execute any code they choose on your OS X machines.

Three of the fixed vulnerabilities include remote code execution in CoreGraphics, local privilege elevation in PPP, & Denial of Service vulnerability in Bind.   

Here’s the complete list:

  1. Alias Manager
  2. BIND
  3. CoreGraphics
  4. crontabs
  5. fetchmail
  6. file
  7. iChat
  8. mDNSResponder
  9. PPP
  10. ruby
  11. screen
  12. texinfo
  13. VPN

As my good friend Ron always says, “It’s easy to say you’re bullet-proof when nobody’s firing at you.”  I use both Macs and PCs, and somehow I don’t think they’ll make a Mac vs. PC ad out of this, do you?

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Adding Macs to a Windows Vista Workgroup

Back in January at the EVO Launch in Louisville I met a ton of new people.  One of them was Erik Eckel from Computer Troubleshooters (super-nice guy!) 

Erik recently had an article published on TechRepublic (April 6, 2007) that I’d like to share with everyone who works in smaller Windows networks that include Macs.

This article provides step-by-step instructions on how to add Macs to a Windows Vista Workgroup.    This article is a great reference with screen shots, and it’s well worth reading and bookmarking.  Saving it as a PDF is probably a good idea too, and you can do that right from the TechRepublic site.

When I met Erik, I had no idea just how prolific a writer he really is.  You can check out Erik’s bio and other articles (over 300 of them) on TechRepublic here.

Nicely done Erik!

P.S.  He’s also got an article on how to add Windows Vista machines into a Mac network.

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