Firefox for Intel Macs Planned for March

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Although there are unofficial builds already available, Mozilla will release an official version of Firefox for Intel Mac OS X in March, developer Josh Aas says. There are only a couple of minor bugs to work through, such as Flash and Java support.

Source: Slashdot

US Government begins testing e-Passports

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

This weekend marks the beginning of a three-month-long test run on the use of e-Passports at San Francisco Airport. E-Passports contain a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip inside the binding which can be used to store personal data and biometric information for retrieval by customs personnel equipped with RFID readers. As is often the case, increased technological tracking carries with it a supply of controversy.

The State Department says it received a total of 2,335 comments regarding its proposal to introduce e-passports. The department categorized 98.5 percent of the comments as negative, 1 percent as positive and 0.5 percent as neutral.

The main area of concern has to do with the potential for unauthorized reading or hacking of the RFID data. Although RFID chips are supposed to have a limited readable range of just a few centimeters, tests have been conducted which suggest that the readable distance can be several meters or more under certain conditions, meaning anyone in your vicinity with an RFID reader would be able to scan your data.

Source: arstechnica.com

Microsoft Ships First Vista Security Patches

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft Corp. has shipped the first critical security update for Windows Vista, the next version of its flagship operating system.

Over the weekend, the company released patches for beta testers running the Windows Vista December CTP (Community Technology Preview) and Windows Vista Beta 1, and warned that the new operating system was vulnerable to a remote code execution flaw in the Graphics Rendering Engine.

A Microsoft spokesperson told eWEEK that the Vista patches address the same vulnerability that led to the WMF (Windows Metafile) malware attacks earlier this month.

Microsoft’s out-of-cycle security update for the WMF vulnerability makes no mention of Windows Vista being vulnerable, but with the release of this weekend’s patches it is clear that the poorly designed “SetAbortProc,” the function that allows printing jobs to be cancelled, was ported over to Vista.

Source: eWeek

Google Re-Opens Analytics Service as Invite-Only

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

As of January 11, after freezing the Google Analytics new user subscriptions shortly after it first started, Google’s snazzy web site hit counter is adding new users on an invitation-only basis. If you would like an invitation, you can submit your email address to on the Google Analytics home page and wait until they decide you are worthy.

Source: Slashdot

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