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Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 5


A major java update for Mac OS X 10.5 was released yesterday by Apple.
It addresses 17 unique Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) in
Java ranging from privilege escalation, arbitrary code execution and
unexpected application termination (DoS).

It is recommended that all Macintosh OS X 10.5 users update their
version of Java and ensure that all older versions of Java have been

Upgrading to Mac OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard) includes a downgrade to a vulnerable version of Adobe Flash


For anyone who has upgraded to Snow Leopard, be aware that the version
of Flash that comes with it has a vulnerability.

It is recommended that users of Snow Leopard upgrade to the latest
version of Adobe Flash.


Buffer Overflow and Integer Underflow Vulnerabilities in OpenOffice Writer could lead to arbitrary code execution


"Secunia Research has discovered a vulnerability in OpenOffice.org,
which can be exploited by malicious people to potentially compromise
a user's system.

The vulnerability is caused by a boundary error when parsing certain
records and can be exploited to cause a heap-based buffer overflow via
a specially crafted document.

Sun Solaris 'sockfs' Kernel Module Remote Denial of Service Vulnerability


"Sun Solaris is prone to a remote denial-of-service vulnerability
because of an error in the 'sockfs' kernel module.

Exploiting this issue allows attackers to cause a panic in a vulnerable
Solaris webserver and the system as a whole, effectively denying service
to legitimate users.

This issue affects Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris based on builds snv_41 or

Early Macintosh Snow Leopard Update Sites Lead to DNS Changers


The latest Mac OS X update Snow Leopard is released today. Several faux
update sites have cropped up in the last week offering a pre-release of
Snow Leopard.

Users who visited the sites will install a Trojan DNS changer called

Trend Micro Smart Surfing for Macs is able to detect and block this
trojan from installation.

RSA revealed that the majority of breaches are actually caused unintentionally by employees.


This is an interesting article revealing some research by RSA on insider attacks.  Although malicious insider attacks are high, 19%, the majority of insider attacks are believed to be unintentional, 52%.

"The figures are hard to quantify, but the average annual financial loss to insider risk adds up to $800,000 (£480,000) overall per organisation in the US and between $300,000-$550,000 (£180,000-£330,000) in the UK, France and Germany."

Pidgin Remote Code Execution Vulnerability in MSN plugin


A vulnerability in the MSN plugin for pidgin allows remote users to
execute arbitrary code and/or cause a DoS attack.

Affected Products:

Pidgin prior to 2.5.9
Libpurple prior to 2.6.0
Gaim 0.79 and later
Adium 1.3.5 and prior

Updated versions are available for most OS Vendors. It is highly
recommended to update to the latest version of the product.