Wireless driver security flaw affects Macs -- but not with native hardware Another false alarm. Sci-Tech discusses a wireless driver vulnerability that affects both Macs and Windows systems -- but only when faulty third-party hardware is added. "The researchers demonstrated the vulnerability at a computer-security conference, showing how to take complete control of a MacBook from Apple Computer Inc. But the two researchers, David Maynor, 28, and Jon Ellch, a 24-year-old who prefers to go by his hacker handle Johnny Cache, said the technique will work on an array of machines, including those that run Microsoft Corp.'s Windows and the free Linux operating system. 'The problem itself isn't really an Apple problem,' said Maynor, a researcher at SecureWorks Inc., a network-monitoring company. 'This is a systemic problem across the industry.' [...] The MacBook used in the demonstration was not using the wireless gear that shipped with the computer. Instead, they used a third-party wireless card that they declined to name" More.
More iPod-car integration Apple has announced that it has teamed up with Ford Motor Company, General Motors and Mazda to deliver iPod integration across the majority of their brands and models. With the addition of these models, Apple says that more than 70 percent of 2007-model US automobiles will offer iPod integration. "Ford and General Motors will feature iPod integration in the majority of their 2007 models in the US beginning later this year, while Mazda's entire global 2007 lineup of cars and SUVs will offer iPod connectivity. iPod offerings for Ford, General Motors and Mazda provide drivers with outstanding sound quality while charging the iPod, while conveniently storing the iPod in the glove compartment. Seamless iPod integration also allows drivers to use their car's multifunction controls to select their music using artist, album, playlist or shuffle songs, as well as to easily skip between tracks and playlists." More.
Previously on MacFixIt:
- Firefox 18.104.22.168 released: Fixes Windows Media issues
- MacBook Pro Special Report updated
- Adding a FireWire PCI card to replicate defunct built-in ports
- Security Update 2006-004 (#2): Problems with WebKit-based apps -- Safari, Mail.app, etc., fix; Inability to startup; more