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Software Briefs: Apple, NewSoft

Software Briefs: Apple, NewSoft

Mac OS X riddled with security holes

Apple has released a range of patches for security holes — both old and new — for its Mac OS X operating system, which it advises users to download immediately. The company is downplaying the issue but one security company at least is concerned that the vulnerabilities could be extremely serious. Secunia has given the five patches a “highly critical” rating and warned that they may allow hijacking, security bypass, data manipulation, privilege escalation, denial of service and system access. Secunia described a vulnerability within AppleFileServer that allows for a buffer overflow as an attempt to “improve the handling of long passwords”, but security specialists @stake warned that it could lead to the full system access.

This strange habit of pretending a big problem is of no significance was also displayed last month, when Apple said it was aware of a Trojan horse that could be used to compromise its systems and was investigating it, but refused to say any more, commenting only that it has an excellent track record of patching holes.

NewSoft Appoints Channel Managers in Australia

Channel Managers has announced an agreement with NewSoft Technology of Taiwan to provide the company with sales and marketing services in the Australian and New Zealand markets. Under the agreement, the vendor services firm will oversee NewSoft’s retail business for its digital video editing and photo editing products. Channel Managers provided NewSoft with “efficient and flexible sales representation in two countries where fast adoption of digital cameras and digital camcorders provides receptive audiences for our advanced software”, according to Charles Huang, vice-president of international sales at NewSoft. NewSoft is a producer of imaging, multimedia and Internet-related software and focuses on integrating hardware and software. Its products include Presto! VideoWorks Platinum, Presto! DVD PowerSuite, and Presto! Mr. Photo Platinum. Channel managers specialises in planning, establishing and managing distribution channels and provides vendors a presence in the Australian and New Zealand markets. “We eagerly anticipate making NewSoft’s latest award-winning products widely available through mainstream distributors in Australia and New Zealand,” Huang said.


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