What's New - Feb 21, 2007

By: Richard Glaser - Revised: 2007-03-21 rebecca

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What's new for the Mac in the previous month:
  • General issues, workarounds and fixes
  • New Software and hardware
  • Software and hardware updates/patches

Apple News

  • What: World Wide Developer's Conference 2007 is June 11-15
  • Where: San Francisco, CA
  • Ticket Prices:
    • Early Registration prices start at $1295
    • Special: Buy 4, get 1 free for $5180
    • Early Registration with Membership prices range from $1695 to $3500
  • No clear agenda set, but rumor sites say Leopard may precede WWDC

New Apple Hardware

  • iPod Shuffle
    • New colors introduced
    • Weighs half an ounce, half a cubic inch in volume
    • "Most wearable iPod ever" -- Steve Jobs
    • 1GB flash/12 hours playback/128Kbps AAC encoding
    • Price: $79
    • No Educational Discount on iPods

Security Updates

  • What: Security Update 2007-002
  • When: Released 13 Feb 2007
  • For: Finder, iChat, & UserNotification
  • Affected Versions: v10.3.9 & v10.4.8 Universal or PPC for both Mac OS X & Mac OS X Server
  • Issues:
    • "Finder 10.4.6 on Mac OS X 10.4.8 allows user-assisted remote attackers to cause a denial of service and possibly execute arbitrary code via a long volume name in a DMG disk image, which results in memory corruption."
    • "The Bonjour functionality in iChat in Apple Mac OS X 10.3.9 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (persistent application crash) via unspecified vectors, possibly related to CVE-2007-0614."
    • "Format string vulnerability in Apple iChat 3.1.6 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (null pointer dereference and application crash) and possibly execute arbitrary code via format string specifiers in an aim:// URI."
    • "The CFUserNotificationSendRequest function in UserNotificationCenter.app in Apple Mac OS X 10.4.8, when used in combination with diskutil, allows local users to gain privileges via a malicious InputManager in Library/InputManagers in a user's home directory, which is executed when Cocoa applications attempt to notify the user."

Notable Apple Updates

  • WWAN Support Update 1.0
    • When: Released 19 Feb 2007
    • For: Specific Novatel WWAN products
    • Affected Versions: Intel-based Mac Portable systems using Mac OS X 10.4.8 and later
    • Why: Because blah, blah, blah.
  •  iTunes v7.0.2 Repair Tool
    • When: Released 1 Feb 2007
    • For: Windows Vista 1.0 users who use iTunes
    • Why: Permissions are repaired on files that allow iTune Store purchases to be played
  • AirPort Extreme Firmware Update (part of 2007-001)
    • When: Released 25 Jan 2007
    • For: AirPort Extreme Base Station firmware
    • Affected Versions: v10.4.8 for both Mac OS X & Mac OS X Server
    • Issue: An attacker in local proximity could cause a denial of service and/or other security-related impact via a maliciously-crafted frame
    • source: http://cve.mitre.org  CVE entry # 2006-6292
  • GeForce 7300 GT Firmware Update
    • When: Released 5 Feb 2007
    • For: NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT PCI graphics cards in Mac Pro computers
    • Affected Versions: v10.4.7 and later for both Mac OS X & Mac OS X Server
    • Why: To allow one 23" and one 30" Apple Cinema Display to be simultaneously connected to your Mac Pro
  • Fibre Channel Utility 2.1.4
    • When: Released 13 Feb 2007
    • For: Macs with Apple Fibre Channel PCI Cards including those with Apple Dual- and Quad Channel 4Gb Fibre Channel Cards
    • Affects Macs Using: Mac OS X 10.3 and 10.4 to 10.4.7
    • Provides the ability to configure the Apple Fibre Channel PCI Cards
    • Must be used with Fibre Channel Utilt 0.1 or 1.0.3
  • Java for Mac OS X 10.3 & 10.4 Release 5
    • When: Released 15 Feb 2007
    • For Both: Adds support for the Daylight Savings Time and time zone information as of 1-8-07
    • For Mac OS X 10.4: Improves reliability and compatibility for Java 2 Platform Standard Edition 5.0 and Java 1.4
    • For Mac OS 10.3: Addresses a problem where some Java apps fail to launch
  • WebObjects 5.3.3
    • When: Released 15 Feb 2007
    • Updates WebObjects systems to observe the Daylight Savings Time and 2007 time zone changes as of 1-8-2007
  • Final Cut Pro 5.1.3
    • When: Released 15 Feb 2007
    • Important bug fixes for Final Cut Pro versions 5.1, 5.1.1, & 5.1.2 -- the update is recommended for these versions
    • Fixes include: Render file compatibility, resolved keyboard layout issues, and resolved issues with cross dissolves in nested sequences
    • 38-page PDF of corrections w/1 page of corrections of the documentation

Notable Third Party Updates

  • Microsoft Office 2004 11.3.4 Update
    • Fixes vulnerabitlities in all Office 2004 applications that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer's memory with malicious code
    • Provides a Junk email filter for Entourage 2004 with a more current definition of which email messages are considered junk email
  • Cyberduck 2.7.3
    • Nine Bug Fixes including:
      • PASV parsing from some servers, stalling when connection is interrupted, improved sorting and renaming of files, preference to save spring-loaded folders and open a new browser upon launch
    • Added two new features:
    • Clear command in History menu
    • Preference to exclude files from transfers using Regular Expression
  • Freeware
  • TextMate 1.5.4
    • Added a log function to scripting objects so messages can be logged to the system console
      • JavaScript exceptions from local pages are written to the system console
    • Fixed problem of saving a file when TextMate loses focus
    • Added ERBs to Ruby bundle
      • ERB is an implementation of eRuby (embedded ruby)
    • Fixed running shell commands from the HTML output window -- the environment variables are now the same as for the command which created the output
  • Shareware: approximately $51
  • File Buddy 9.0
    • Fixed problem on Intel Macs where admin mode was not persistent between launches
  • Shareware: $39.95/Free if upgrading from v8.0/$19.95 if upgrading from v7.0
  • Data Rescue II 1.1.1
    • Contains changes to facilitate localization to other languages
    • Minor fixes, improvements and other changes to increase program robustness
    • Support for booting new machines
  • $99 Client version, $249 for Unlimited IT Licenses, $349 for unlimited licenses of all Windows & Mac versions, $65 for upgrades
  • Intermapper 4.5.5
    • Added support for Inscape Data Corp's Long Range Wireless and Video Security Devices
    • Improved error reporting when entering serial numbers
  • Educational Pricing: ranges from $395 to $5995
  • EasyWMA 2.7.2
    • Fixed compatibility issues with Mac OS X v. 10.2
    • Updated to use ffmpeg SVN-r7817
  • $10
  • Colloquy 2.1.3574
    • Fixed a crash when someone sends a bad DCC request
    • Fixed member list sorting when a member has multiple modes
    • Allows sending commands in the console while connecting
    • Allows a user to enable/disable all notifications on a per-room basis
    • Update to the latest libtransmission code for DCC NAT transversal
  • Open Source: Donations are appreciated, but not required
  • Drive Genius 1.5.3
    • New boot CD built with Mac OS X 10.4.8
    • Now a Universal Binary
  • $99 new or $10 if upgrading from v1.5
  • Parallels Desktop 2.5 Build 3170.0 (beta)
    • Enhancements in this version include: Windows XP to Windows Vista upgrade support; Plug and play support for USB devices at full native speed; Full-featured virtual CD/DVD drive; "Coherence," a feature that allows you to run Windows applications without having to see Windows; Better BootCamp support; New keyboard remapping configuration; True "Drag and Drop" functionality; "Leopard" ready
  • Educational Pricing through OSL for $50 (including maintenance); Upgrade Price, email Parallels support


  • [6 Feb]: Jobs posts his 'Thoughts on Music'
    • Can we all be DRM-free?
  • [14 Feb]: Some third-party USB Bluetooth adaptors when used with wireless keyboards or mice will not wake Macs from sleep
    • Apple's answer to this issue is to push the power button once. If you see an alert asking if you'd like to restart, sleep, shutdown or cancel, click Cancel.

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Upcoming Events

  • Web 2.0 Expo
    • Who should attend: Technical, design, marketing, and business professionals
    • When: April 15-18
    • Where: Moscone West, San Francisco