Apple has finally released a security update for OS X that will close up the critical remote code execution Shellshock bug found in the GNU Bash UNIX shell.
Apple has released the latest version of its mobile OS on Wednesday, and in it has fixed over 50 vulnerabilities, many of which are very serious:Two vulnerabilities allowed a local attacker to escalate privileges and install unverified (likely malicious) applicationsA validation issue in the handling of update check responses allowed an attacker with a privileged network position to cause an iOS device to think that it is up to date even when it is notTwo vulnerabilities in CoreGraphics made it possible for a maliciously crafted PDF file to terminate apps or execute arbitrary codeSeveral vulnerabilities in the IOHIDFamily kernel extension made it posible for a malicious app to read kernel pointers, which can be used to bypass kernel address space layout randomization, or to execute arbitrary code with system privileges (the latter was also made possible by the existence of several IOKit bugs)A Libnotify bug allowed a malicious application may be able to execute arbitrary code with root privilegesTwo Safari vulnerabilities made it possible for attackers and websites to intercept or harvest user credentials12 WebKit bugs could have been misused by attackers to execute arbitrary code on the device by simply creating a malicious website and tricking users into visiting it.With iOS 8, Apple has also updated its certificate trust policy and has randomised the MAC address to prevent potential device tracking attacks via passive WiFi scans.
Blackphone, the carrier- and vendor-independent smartphone that was created with the goal of placing privacy and control directly in the hands of its users, is not without its flaws, the Bluebox Security team discovered while reviewing it.
Mozilla has released the latest version of Firefox (v32) for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android, and the new browser sports some notable security improvements.
Even IT pros that understand patching too often hate it.