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Older Versions of Silverlight Blocked on Mac OS X

Mozilla announced earlier today they have added older (older than 5.1.0) versions of Microsoft’s Silverlight Plugin to the Plugins blocklist for Mac OS X (no word yet if this will be extended to include Windows users). Unlike the recent JAVA plugin blocking, this plugin block is not due to a security volunerabitly. Instead, these older versions of Silverlight are causing stability issues including crahses on Microsoft’s Hotmail site. Users are urged to check to ensure they are running a more recent version of Silverlight (as well as other plugins such as JAVA and Flash/Shockwave) and check the status of their…

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Dual Boot Linux on Your Mac and Take Back Your Powerhouse Apple Hardware

“A fast, refreshed, and completely awesome Mac is within your reach, but Mountain Lion isn’t the way to get there.The Problem“When Mountain Lion launched, we were abuzz. It’s a great OS, but it’s also proof of one creeping fact: Apple is intent on bringing OS X and iOS together. Whether it’s by hamstringing system-tweaking apps like CandyBar, making relatively young Macs ineligable for upgrades, or iOS-ifying the operating system (something we’ve shown you how to fix), Apple is marching towards a single user experience across all of its devices that they dictate, and that you may not particularly care for.“So…

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Firefox Junior coming to the iPad

Mozilla announced last week they have a prototype of what it to be a very scaled down version of the Firefox browser for the iPad. Code named Junior, this browser will not be built upon the traditional Gecko rendering engine due to restriction imposed by Apple (AppStore). Instead the browser will be based on Webkit. While this does offer other browser choices for iPad users, they will not have all the options that a Gecko based browser would have. It will support multiple users who can have their own tabs and bookmarks. mozilla links has some screen shots of the prototype along with a link to the…

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New Flashback variant silently infects Macs

April 23, 2012 Summary: A new Flashback Trojan has been discovered that infects Macs without prompting the user for a password. If you haven’t updated Java on your Mac, or disabled it entirely, you could be a victim. “ Source: ZDNet More  New Flashback variant silently infects Macs

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Update: Java Plugin Blocking

Some updates in regards to the Mozilla to Block Older Version of Java Plugins post from earlier this week… Firstly, Apple has released a security update that fixes the security vulnerability in Java. All Mac OS X users should run Software Update and update their Java software as soon as possible. It should be noted that we haven’t blocklisted Java on Mac OS X yet, but we might do so in the following days. If we do so, it will be softblocked, meaning that you still have the choice to keep the plugin enabled. Secondly, we made a mistake that…

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Mozilla to Block Older Version of Java Plugins

Mozilla has announced they will be blocking older versions of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) and Java Development Kit (JDK) plugins due to critical vulnerabilities that are being exploited. This vulnerability—present in the older versions of the JDK and JRE—is actively being exploited, and is a potential risk to users. To mitigate this risk, we have added affected versions of the Java plugin for Windows (Version 6 Update 30 and below as well as Version 7 Update 2 and below) to Firefox’s blocklist. A blocklist entry for the Java plugin on OS X may be added at a future date….

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Firefox 9.0.1 Released for Mac???

I am hearing, but can not see any information that there was an update pushed out for Mac users (likely a result of the crash issues upon startup with Firefox 9.0 release) earlier today. Though checking the Mozilla site and FTP site, the latest I am seeing for Mac (and for Windows and Linux) is 9.0.0 release from yesterday. Any Mac users on Firefox 9.0.0 (or even 8.0.1), could y’all go to Help > About Firefox and see if it offers you an update to 9.0.1 build. Update (2:10 PST): Looks like it scheduled for public release later today as…

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Firefox 8.0.1, Mac & Java Crashes Update Part 3

The ‘patch’ mentioned earlier this week has landed on the Aurora (Firefox 10) and Beta (Firefox 9) channels on December 9, 2011. Mac users on OS X 10.6/10.7 using Firefox 8.0.1, will likely still need to wait until the Firefox 9.0 release on December 20, 2011 to see this patch. However, Bug 705931 is still showing open which means that the developers are still trying to test to see if this patch will resolve the JAVA crash issue.

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Firefox 8.0.1, Mac & Java Crashes Update Part 2

Some clarification is needed here as to which versions of OS X are affected. Apple did not update Java on OS X 10.5 so there is no crash bug associated with this version. However, the latest Java update by Apple on OS X 10.6 and 10.7 is triggering this crash,

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Firefox 8.0.1: JAVA & Mac Crashes Continue

I knew it seemed like things were a bit too quiet. Turns out, the email stopped working Wednesday night or Thursday morning.  Last night I started getting some emails on Bug 701537 (Tracking bug for build and release of Firefox 8.0.1). The first was the addition (and shortly there after the deletion) of dependency on Bug 705931 ([Mac] Firefox 8.0.1 crashes when many Java applets are loaded). Reading into Bug 701537, I noticed several comments from November 25th that I never got the notification emails on. Anyway, long story short, there is still an outstanding Bug (seems the finger is…

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