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Apple Bash patches released for OS X

Apple Bash patches released for OS X

Apple has released patches for the bash security exploit, fixing a security flaw in the UNIX shell, though the company maintained that the issue did not affect most of its users. The three patches, released today, follow similar security updates for some of the best-known Linux distributions, after a potentially significant problem was identified earlier this month.

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Kickstarter “Nope”: a tiny magnet to protect your privacy

Kickstarter “Nope”: a tiny magnet to protect your privacy

Leaks, government spies, schools of dubious repute -- all potential ways your computer's webcam can be transformed into a portal of snooping. In light of the Edward Snowden leaks, many have felt the long-held and oft-dismissed habit of covering a webcam with tape maybe isn't quite as paranoid as it once seemed. It is, however, cheap looking. Nope, a successful Kickstarter, is looking to classy things up a bit.

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BASH bug leaves many web servers open to attack

BASH bug leaves many web servers open to attack

No, it's not the name of the bug itself nor is it a description of what you may do if you happen to be deeply affected by this security exploit. BASH, for Bourne Again SHell, is the most common command line (think, command prompt in Windows) shell in Linux and UNIX-like operating systems, which means that a bug like this leaves many computers connected to the Internet, like servers and even Macs, vulnerable to hijacking.

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