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Apple Released New Java Update To Remove Flashback Malware

by Hamza Tariq - on Apr 13th 2012 - No Comments

In a fight with Mac OS X famous Flashback Trojan, Apple announced recently that they would launch a new tool or update to its existing tools to remove the Flashback malware from the infected machines, and as well as they have contacted with ISP’s all over the world to block the Flashback bot-net network around the half-million affected Mac OS running machines. Apple has already released two Java updates to Mac OS users to fix the few exploits in Java Runtime, which allows the Trojan to land on your Mac machine and take control over the machine without your knowledge.

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However, today it is reported that Apple has seeded an another Java Runtime update for Mac OS X users who remove the very known variants of the Flashback malware from the affected machines, and also protect the machine from other future attacks from the flashback Trojan. The new Java update removes the flashback malware from your Mac running machines, and as well as disables the automatic execution of Java applets on the Mac OS running machines. If the malware again tries to enable the automatic execution of the Java applets, it will be automatically detected and removed from the machine, and as well as the automatic execution will also be disable again.

It was reported by the security research firms that more than 600,000 Mac machines were infected by the Flashback Trojan on the sky, and these machines are connecting with the host server through the hidden tweets on Twitter. However, now the Mac machines are seemed to be protected again with new security measures, as F-Secure quickly jumps on the scene and launched the couple of tweaks, and tools to detect and remove these malwares from the affected machines.

The new Java Runtime update for Mac OS is available to download, and it is also seeded to Mac OS machines through the Software Update.

2012 Macbook Pro Models To See Significant Performance Boost with Ivy Bridge

by Hamza Tariq - on Apr 11th 2012 - No Comments

While the rumors is pointing at the imminent launch update for the 15-inch Macbook Pro 2012 models, and adds weigh into the reports by targeting the Intel’s Ivy Bridge processor launch date as April 29, 2012. The CPU World reports on the earlier benchmark results of the forthcoming quad-core processor chips, which is appeared to be likely coming in the 15-inch Macbook Pro models, the reports show the fairly significant improvements in the performance and graphic processing of the new quad-core processors.

 


The folks over CPU World got their hands on the upcoming quad-core Ivy Bridge processor, and enable to test it against the current generation Sandy Bridge processors, which are currently being used in the Macbook Pro and Macbook Air series with heavy graphics processors. However, the processor chip they got was the Core i7- 3820QM, a 2.7 Ghz processor chip with extra turbo speed up to 3.7 Ghz with integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics chip. The chip is rumored to be coming in the end of April with a price tag of $568 but at high volume, and appears to be a natural upgrade to the Sandy Bridge dual-core processor Core i7- 2860QM chip that is currently the most high-end processor chip being used in Macbook Pro models on the build-to-order option.

The new Core i7-3820QM chip founds to score an average of 9% higher than the current extreme Sandy Bridge processors for the Macbook Pro models, which is definitely a big improvement in the overall performance of the processors, and the new processor is believed to be score 20% roughly higher than the Sandy Bridge processors on reaching the “Extreme” chip architecture. On the other hand, the new Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics chip is about to beat the current Intel HD 3000 by 32% to 108% on different graphics tests. However, Apple still believes to feature its own extended graphics processor in the Macbook Pro 2012 models.

Apple Start Developing Flashback Removal Tools, Reaching ISP’s To Block Bot Network

by Hamza Tariq - on Apr 11th 2012 - No Comments

Apple has already joined the party against the Flashback Trojan attack on half-million different Mac running machines all over the world. It seems that Apple has just begun moving aggressively against the exploit in the Java runtime which actually allowed the hackers to take over the Mac OS security with some deep holes in the service. Apple has already seeded around two quick updates to Java Runtime for Mac OS X Lion, and Snow Leopard users to fix the basic Java Runtime exploits, which opens your Mac machine to the deadly Flashback Trojan.

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However, the Apple has started its fight against the Flashback Trojan again silently without making any public presence regarding the issue. It is now reported that Apple has finally updated its Mac Support page about the Flashback Trojan attack on Mac OS running machines, and promises to soon launch a fix for the infected machines. Apple has just begun working on a new tool for the Mac OS infected machines to remove the Flashback completely from the machines, and double-check the security of Mac OS running machines again for the next attack.

In addition to the general development of a new tool against Flashback, it appears that Apple has been already in contact with several ISP’s around the world to trace down the Flashback botnet’s mask, and requests to put a hold on several domains, and network mediums to stop communicating the botnets with the original Flashback transmitting sources. Initially, it was reported by a research firm that Flashback was using Twitter on a very intelligent basis to communicate with master servers, and the servers broadcast commands through some special coded tweets over the Twitter.  Apple has already hit ISP’s with the number of domain names to block their internet access, while they are attempting to develop a new security tool for the Mac machines.

Once Again, New iMac’s Rumored To Be Launching In June

by Hamza Tariq - on Apr 7th 2012 - No Comments

Yet another report comes from the publication is claiming that Apple is planning to launch its updated iMac 2012 models in June with the Intel’s next-generation Ivy Bridge processors, which actually delayed the launch of the new Mac machines launch this year. The report comes from the Taiwan’s Economic Daily News, who believes that Apple is surely going to introduce its next-generation iMac 2012 models along with other Mac machines somewhere in June, a bit later than an earlier expected date who claims the device is coming in the end of this month with exclusive availability of the Ivy Bridge Processor.

 

The rumor mill is also suggesting that Foxconn is also going to play a key role in the production of these new Mac updates, and Apple is also rumored to be featuring a new Mac with anti-reflective glass for the new updated Macs. The new update to Macbook series also claimed that Apple will only update the 13 and 15-inch Macbook Pro models, and the new design is rumored to be looks a like Macbook Air.

However, the publication has a no-good track in the past in breaking latest update about the Apple’s upcoming products. The launch of the new update Mac series is totally depended on the availability of the next-generation Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors, as it is reported that Apple delayed the launch of updated models twice this year.

Apple Releases Mac OS X Lion 10.7.4 Build 11E35 To Developers

by Hamza Tariq - on Mar 29th 2012 - No Comments

Apple has just released another final beta version of Mac OS X 10.7.4 today to the Mac developers. The new build is tagged as 11E35, and according to the Apple’s developer forum release notes there is no known error in the final build of OS X 10.7.4, which means Apple is pretty closer to the launch of this new OS X 10.7.4 into the public and now waiting for some kind of event to kick the new update in public.

The new Mac OS X Lion 10.7.4 Build 11E35 is available to download from the Apple’s Mac developer portal to the registered Mac developers. Apple highlights the developer to focus on the App Store, Quick Time, Mail and iCal applications for the new OS X Lion 10.7.4 build and have not provided any hint on the public launch of the new build. It is reported that Apple is also rapidly working with the Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 to complete its first public build until the WWDC 2012, and want to seed it like they have released OS X Lion 10.7 last year with new Macbook series.

 

OS X Lion 10.7.4 build 11E35 Seed Note

OS X Lion Update 10.7.4 is an update to OS X Lion 10.7.

Installation Instructions

The OS X Lion 10.7.4 Update (Combo) updates

– OS X Lion 10.7, 10.7.1 or 10.7.2, 10.7.3 GM or any other previous 10.7.4 seed builds.

The OS X Lion 10.7.4 Update (Delta) updates

– OS X Lion 10.7.3 GM or any other previous 10.7.4 seed builds.

Please be aware that you will not be able to revert back to your previous system after updating. Please install this update on a system you are prepared to erase if necessary.

Known Issues

– None

Focus Areas

– App Store

– Graphics

– iCal

– Mail

– QuickTime

Bug Reporting 

This build is being provided to you for testing and development purposes. Should you encounter any problems, please submit a bug report using the online Bug Reporter at <http://bugreporter.apple.com/>. Please make sure to include “10.7.4 (11E35)” in the bug title and description. This information will ensure that your bug is processed quickly.

When submitting a bug report, please make sure to include a Summary, Steps to Reproduce, Actual Results, Expected Results, the System Profile Report, and any other relevant information that is necessary to process the report.

IMPORTANT: Engineering requires additional information for crashing bugs, kernel panics, and hanging issues.

Crashing Bugs: Crash logs are required for crashing bugs. Crash logs can be located in ~/Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports

Kernel Panics: Backtraces, which contain vital information for investigating kernel panics, are required for kernel panic issues. Backtraces can be saved to nvram on restart shutdown, then copied to the panic.log file on restart. The panic.log file can be found in /Library/Logs/PanicReporter.

Hanging Issues: When an application is hung, a Sample should be provided. This can be done using the Activity Monitor (/Applications/Utilities/). To generate a Sample using this utility, click on the hung application name, then from the View Menu select “Sample Process”.

For complete instructions on submitting bug reports, please visit the Bug Reporting page at <http://developer.apple.com/bugreporter/>.

Thank you for your support.

Apple World Wide Developer Relations

 

via Mark Gurman

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Brings Location-Based Reminders With 2nd Developer Preview

by Hamza Tariq - on Mar 18th 2012 - No Comments

While Apple has already borrowed the number of iOS features to its new Mac OS operating system versions, starting with the OS  X Lion, Apple slightly porting couple of iOS features and UI elements to the Mac OS X, and then earlier this year with the first developer preview of OS X Mountain Lion, they highly ported number of features and notification center of iOS to the new-generation operating system.

With the new Mountain Lion OS X 10.8, Apple has already ported the iMessages, notification center, Twitter Integration, Reminders app like features in the new operating system. It is now reported that Apple has now updated the OS X 10.8 Reminders.app with some location-based features, like we have on the iOS devices that allow us to note done couple of reminders on our devices, and let them to remind us whenever we reached the place. In the first developer preview, there were no location-based reminders support in the Reminders app in OS X 10.8.

It appears that with this new interesting location-based reminders option in the Reminders.app of OS X 10.8, the Mac OS running device will automatically track its location using the connected Wi-Fi network across the country, and alert you when you arrive at specific location, and work exactly like an iPhone and iPad.

With the new OS X 10.8, Apple deeply integrates the iCloud into the operating system, and the new Reminders.app is also capable of syncing the reminders from Mac to iOS devices using the same iCloud account on different devices. It works very well, when you create a reminder on your Macbook using the latest OS X 10.8 and it automatically syncs on your different devices like the Apple’s iTunes automatically download option and Photo- stream.