News Archive for: Tuesday January 23rd, 2007 (later added items first)
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Apple releases OS X Security Update 2007-001 (improves QuickTime security)
Apple has released Security Update 2007-001, available via software update or from their pages on Security Update 2007-001 (Universal) for OS X Tiger and Security Update 2007-001 (Panther). The update is to address a QuickTime security issue mentioned on the web several weeks ago. (Jan. 2nd news here had notes on this.) Here's a clip from the apple doc About Security Update 2007-001

" Security Update 2007-001
CVE-ID: CVE-2007-0015
Available for: QuickTime 7.1.3 on Mac OS X v10.3.9, Mac OS X Server v10.3.9, Mac OS X v10.4.8, Mac OS X Server v10.4.8, Windows XP/2000

Impact: Visiting malicious websites may lead to arbitrary code execution

Description: A buffer overflow exists in QuickTime's handling of RTSP URLs. By enticing a user to access a maliciously-crafted RTSP URL, an attacker can trigger the buffer overflow, which may lead to arbitrary code execution. A QTL file that triggers this issue has been published on the Month of Apple Bugs web site (MOAB-01-01-2007). This update addresses the issue by performing additional validation of RTSP URLs."

Thanks to Matthew for the heads-up.

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Xserve RAID Admin Tools 1.5.1 Update
Apple today also released Xserve RAID Admin Tools 1.5.1:

    The Xserve RAID Admin Tools 1.5.1 Update addresses overall reliability of the RAID Admin software and Xserve RAID firmware.
    What's New in this Version
  • Support for 750GB Xserve RAID drive modules.
  • Changes to "Host Cache Flushing" performance setting are properly saved on RAID controller.
  • Fixed SCSI protocol compatibility issues with Windows OS.
  • Corrected encoding issue so passwords may now contain any valid Unicode character.
  • Fixed updating the current session password after password is changed in system settings.
  • 'IDE Error' event log message details are now correctly displayed in hexadecimal.
  • Removed LUN Masking from Advanced panel.
  • Closed an unused TCP/IP port (192) on the Controller Module.
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Free Apple Digital Learning Series Preview DVD
(from an apple email today)

" Receive a free Apple Digital Learning Series Preview DVD.*
The Apple Digital Learning Series is a value-priced collection of educator-recommended products designed to enhance student productivity and increase achievement in language arts, math, and science. Each of the eight solutions consists of standards-based software and tools created by leading educational developers. And now you can preview it for free. Access trial versions of the software, and view demo movies, standards alignments, and other helpful resources. You'll discover a media-rich collection of learning tools that will inspire new ways of teaching and learning.
Get a free Apple Digital Learning Series Preview DVD
* Offer good while supplies last. Allow 2-4 weeks for shipment."
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Mac OS X State of the Union (WWDC 2006 video) on iTunes (for ADC members)
Got this ADC (Apple Developer Connection) mail today:

" Watch Mac OS X State of the Union Today
WWDC 2006 video now available through ADC on iTunes.
ADC Online Members can now log in to ADC on iTunes and view the Mac OS X State of the Union video and slides from Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2006. Watch as Mac OS X development highlights are reviewed and insights are offered into the trends and technologies that will enhance the world's most advanced operating system, and your applications.

With access to ADC on iTunes, you can now watch the latest on Mac OS X whether you're at your desk or on the go.
Log in to ADC on iTunes "

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Mac Pro owner notes on Lite-On '20x20' DVD burner upgrade and Lightscribe drivers/software install
(from a drive db report today)

" Hi there I just wanted to add a report on adding the Lite-On LH-20A1H 20x20 DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive Lightscribe drive to my Mac Pro 2.0GHz, running OS 10.4.8.

I just followed the directions on "replacing an optical drive" in Apples little owners booklet that came with my Mac Pro. It went right in and then was immediately recognized by Mac OS 10.4.8. To get the lightscribe to work I needed to install the file found at this link:
You need to install it first and then to use the lightscribe function you need to install a label lightscribe label program like Lacie's Labeler program for mac found at
It is important in the installation of this program to select "Custom" install and Un-check the "Host software" module button.

I was then able to print a lightscribe DVD, which is way cool. Burning speed for a full disk label took just under 30 minutes using the latest Verbatim 16X lightscribe DVD media.

FWIW the Lite-on drive is a bit quieter than the original Sony superdrive in my Mac Pro, to my ears anyway, and a whole lot faster. It ripped a cd into iTunes at an average of 37-40 X compared to 17-20 times for the same disk on the Sony, and burned a copy of a 1 hour home made DVD from my Sony in under 4 minutes using Toast 6. Very happy with the drive.
Paxx "

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Warcraft III v1.21 patch (universal binary, new maps/changes)
Eddie sent a note that the Warcraft III v1.21 Patch Notes (dated yesterday) mentions the game now runs natively on both PowerPC-based and Intel-based Macs and has other notes on changes/fixes/new Maps/Map changes - including an important note on patching for Mac players:

"Important Note on Patching for Mac Players: The file layout inside the game folder is changed significantly by Patch 1.21. As a result, in order to be able to install the Frozen Throne expansion from CD, you must install Reign of Chaos first, then install Frozen Throne from CD, and then patch to version 1.21, in that order. If you patch to v1.21 and then attempt to install Frozen Throne after that, it will not install correctly."
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Mac Drive Compatibility Database Updated
The Drive Compatibility Database had 3 more updates today. Current total - 16,012. (searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first) iApps burn support mentioned in optical drive/burner reports unless otherwise noted.

    DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
  • IDE Liteon Lite-On LH-20A1H ("20x20" w/lightscribe) in Mac Pro (OS X 10.4.8)
    (includes notes on Lightscribe driver/software install)
  • IDE Memorex MRX-51OL in eMac (OS X 10.4.x)
    (Listed under "other" brand. FAQ's iMac section has download of PDF doc on eMac superdrive upgrades)

    Hard Drives:
  • IDE Seagate ST9120821A (Momentus 5400.2) 120GB in PowerBook G4 (OS X 10.4.8)
    (FAQ has links to PB G4 drive install guides, take aparts, etc.)

You can find full owner reports (latest shown first) by searching the database by drive/brand/interface/mac models (the latest reports are shown first in searches). The database includes reports on DVD +/-R, CDRWs, Combo DVD-CDRW, DVD-ROM, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, NAS, CF/Smartmedia readers, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, SATA, Firewire, SCSI, USB, adapters).
If you've added a IDE, SATA, Firewire, USB, or SCSI, hard drive, Optical drive/burner, NAS, tape drive, etc., send me the details (drive info/mac model/OS used, etc.) for adding to the database. (*Please take a minute to test for booting from CD with Optical drives*.)

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Other News/Misc. Software Updates
(updated 3:40PM eastern)

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Recent Articles and Reviews
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