Category: MacOS X

New Mac malware detected this week, based on primitive Windows techniques using Word macros

Benjamin Mayo  - Feb. 9th 2017 4:31 am PT Mac security researchers have found two separate instances of new macOS malware making the rounds this week, although the Mac exploit scene still remains far behind the sophisticated worms and trojan horses seen on Windows as noted by ArsTechnica. One of the new malware exploits relies on an old Windows technique, exploiting code execution inside Word documents using macros. It is believed to be the first of its kind targeted at the Mac platform. Luckily, it’s easy to avoid in large part because it relies on such an old attack vector …   The exploit works by having unsuspecting users open a specially-crafted Word document that includes macros that run when the file is opened. Macros were a prevalent attack vector in the Windows world many years ago and it now seems at least one organization is attempting to use the primitive methods on Mac users. A suspicious Word document is easily Read the full article →

‘Pegasus’ iOS malware package also found to impact OS X, Apple issues patch

By Mikey Campbell Thursday, September 01, 2016, 05:06 pm PT (08:06 pm ET) Apple in a patch last week blocked a particularly nasty malware package called "Pegasus" from infiltrating iOS devices, and the company is now doing the same for its OS X desktop operating system. Apple on Thursday issued security updates for OS X 10.10 Yosemite, OS X 10.11 El Capitan and Safari to address a vulnerability that potentially allows nefarious agents to take over a target device with a single click. Dubbed "Pegasus," the assault package leverages three zero-day vulnerabilities to remotely jailbreak and install a suite of monitoring software onto a victim's device. One of the key tools in the process is an exploit that takes advantage of a memory corruption flaw in Safari WebKit. The vulnerability allows attackers to deliver the malware payload when a target clicks on a link leading to a malicious webpage. Once installed, Pegasus exploits kernel flaws to upgrade privileges, allowing Read the full article →

Apple releases OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 with SSL fix, FaceTime Audio, contact blocking, Mail fixes

Mark Gurman AAPL Company 7 HOURS, 9 MINUTES AGO SHARE 26 COMMENTS Following an extensive developer beta process, Apple has just released OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 to end users. The update brings a few new features and enhancements, including: FaceTime Audio in the FaceTime and Messages apps Contact blocking for FaceTime and iMessage Mail app improvements Autofill fixes for Safari Audio fixes VPN fixes VoiceOver fixes The release notes do not make mention of the SSL security bug that was squashed on iOS late last week, but a fix is present in this new OS X update. The update is available on the Mac App Store in the Software Update tab. Read the full article →

Getting ready for Mavericks: How to backup your Mac and set up OS X 10.9

Apple’s latest desktop operating system, OS X Mavericks, is available today. In this post, we’ll take you through the steps required to protect your data by backing it up, upgrading the OS, and getting started with the latest version of OS X. Before you get started, you’ll want to make sure you have everything you need. To backup your data, you’ll need an external hard drive with at least the same amount of storage as your hard drive (or a Time Capsule). You’ll also need to make sure your Mac is capable of running Mavericks (we’ll show you how below), and you’ll want to make sure you have an iTunes account to purchase the update. Determining if you can upgrade Before installing the update, you need to make sure that your machine is compatible with Mavericks. Most of the information we need to determine this is  found on the “About This Mac” screen. To access it, click on the Apple icon on the upper left hand corner of your screen, then click on Read the full article →

BACK UP, BACK UP, BACK UP

So, when you're working on a computer, what are the two, most important words you should think about most often? The answer, 'Back up'! You probably already use some form of back up, either Time Machine, or iCloud or another cloud service. You might even have your computer connected to a firewire drive, or you save to DVD, although this has become increasingly hard to do these days because of space limitations. If you've ever had a computer crash - and I have - uggghhh! - you'll know the panic feeling! One of the first thoughts which went through my mind was "Oh, no! Have I lost all my contacts and my calendar data?". I certainly don't keep paper copies of either my address book or my calendar. Nightmare! However, there's a really simple way to back up both your Contacts and Calendar. Here's how. First, open the Contact app. You'll find it either in your Dock or in the Applications Folder. Now, go the File Menu and select Export...Contacts Archive This Read the full article →

Newly Discovered Mac Malware Captures and Stores Screenshots

 by Juli Clover New Mac spyware was discovered earlier this week on a computer at the Oslo Freedom Forum, an annual human rights conference. Located by computer security researcherJacob Appelbaum, the malware, which has been deemed OSX/KitM.A, is currently being investigated by anti-virus company F-Secure, reports CNET. The malware is a backdoor application called "macs.app," which launches automatically upon login and captures screenshots that it then sends to a MacApp folder in the user's home directory. Two command-and-control servers, located at securitytable.org and docsforum.info, are associated with the malware, but one does not function and the other gives a "public access forbidden" message. Interestingly, the malware is signed with an Apple Developer ID, which is designed to prevent the installation of malware. Apps that are unsigned are blocked by default by Apple's Gatekeeper security option. This bit of malware is somewhat unique in that it is signed with what appears Read the full article →

Stop squinting: Make text bigger in OS X

Kirk McElhearn@mcelhearn Feb 4, 2013 3:30 AM print When you’re on the other side of 50, as I am, you become less concerned about how fast your Mac is, and more interested in how well you can see the text it displays. Whether your eyes are aging, your young eyes need glasses, or someone that you provide computer support for could use a boost in seeing the screen, no one should have to squint when surfing the Web, reading email, or writing documents. A few key techniques can increase the font size in applications where easy-to-see text makes the biggest difference. Bigger fonts and word processing Most applications that let you compose text also let you adjust the font size. If you’re using a word processor such as Apple’s Pages or Microsoft's Word, or a text editor such as Apple’s built-in TextEdit, you have numerous font and size options. It’s a good idea to increase your font size by a few points if you use corrective lenses; even if the font looks Read the full article →

Apple releases Lion, Snow Leopard updates

OS X mac, os x Lex Friedman@lexfri Sep 19, 2012 11:40 AM print Apple on Wednesday released Mac OS X 10.7.5, which adds Gatekeeper to Lion—hot on the heels of releasing OS X 10.8.2 and iOS 6. The company says that the new version of Lion adds the typical assortment of general system fixes and stability improvements, but the hallmark feature of the otherwise minor OS update is the introduction of Gatekeeper. That technology,first introduced with Mountain Lion, gives users more control over which apps can launch on their Macs. In addition to introducing Gatekeeper, Apple says that 10.7.5 resolves an issue where Launchpad icons could get rearranged after restarting, improves Wi-Fi reliability for the Late 2009 iMac and newer, resolves an issue with using Spotlight to search certain SMB servers, and improves compatability connecting to Active Directory servers. The update is available for both the client and server editions of Mac OS X Lion from Apple’s Read the full article →

Apple releases OS X 10.8.2 with Facebook integration, Save As improvements, more

OS X os x, operating systems Lex Friedman@lexfri Sep 19, 2012 10:53 AM print Not content merely to update one of its flagship operating systems on Wednesday, Apple released an update to OS X Mountain Lion, too: version 10.8.2. New in 10.8.2 is support for Facebook, matching the similar feature launched in iOS 6. Desktop apps that need your Facebook credentials will now be able to access them from your settings in System Preferences, notifications from Facebook will appear in Notification Center, and your Facebook friends’ contact information will appear in the Contacts app. Game Center scores some updates, as well. You can share your high scores to Facebook, or via Twitter, Mail, or Messages, and you can also challenge your Facebook friends to beat your score from within the app. And, at long last, iMessages sent to your iPhone number should appear in the Messages app on your Mac. FaceTime calls to your phone number should ring on your Mac, as well. Other Read the full article →

Upgrade to OS X Mountian Lion

What’s New What is OS X OS X Apps How to Upgrade Tech Specs Available in July There’s no need to visit a store, bring home a box, and install a bunch of discs. Just click the Mac App Store icon on your Mac. Buy OS X Mountain Lion. And your Mac does the rest. Follow these steps to begin your upgrade. How to upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion Step 1: Make sure your Mac can run Mountain Lion. Your Mac must be one of the following models: iMac (Mid 2007 or newer) MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer) MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer) MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer) Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer) Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer) Xserve (Early 2009) If you are running Lion, you can find out if your current Mac qualifies by clicking the Apple icon at the top left of your screen, choosing About This Mac, then clicking More Info. Step 3: Download OS X Mountain Lion from the Mac App Store when it’s available Read the full article →