Mavericks update 10.9.2
Coincidences are strange but they occur. Just after I posted the last article on the “goto fail” bug Apple released the long awaited Mavericks 10.9.2 update.
This update includes a fix for SSL connection verification. This was the part that was in error and not verifying properly.
So hopefully all is again secure with Safari et al.
Exposed for four days and counting
Apple has a big problem and we end users therefore have an even bigger problem. The problem is a bug known colloquially as the “goto fail” bug. I occurred because someone made a typo and added an extra line of code repeating a goto command in the code. The result is that the verification protocols can be fooled into giving up even when a bogus response is received.
This is bad news for us as we no longer know for sure whether we are really communicating with our banks or actually connecting to Google for our Gmail. This is because the verification can be fooled when using Apple’s Safari. It also affects other Apple products including FaceTime. So we can’t be sure a call isn’t being intercepted and listened in on.
In the meantime it is recommended you use Chrome or Firefox as they aren’t affected as they use there own verification protocols.
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You have to start somewhere…
Feeling restless and bored with the old tumblr site I have decided to be radical and change it.
Previously I only used it as a dumping ground for Instagrams and reposts from Flickr and any other place that supported reposting. As a result I rarely came here in person and the little site became neglected. I am not yet sure how but I want to do something different and different in the sense of content.
This will no longer be about images, they are on the old one English Bloke site. And there they will stay, whether I post new stuff there is uncertain. What exactly this site will be is unknown but I am thinking more text and less pictures.
So welcome on board.