Research and musings on malware and other facets of computer and online security
Monday, May 5, 2014
What to Do if Your Mac Can't Run OS X Mavericks
On the day after Mac OS X v10.9 Mavericks' public release in October 2013, I updated my extremely popular "What to Do if Your Mac Can't Run Mountain Lion" article and released a new version that applies to Mavericks.
If you've been trying to figure out whether your Mac is upgradeable, or if you already know it won't run OS X Mavericks and are wondering if there's anything you can do about it, check out my article over at The Mac Security Blog by Intego:
Another article I wrote at the end of August 2013 describes Apple's most recent update to its XProtect "Safe Downloads List" at the time, which bumped the minimum allowed versions of the Oracle Java browser plug-in:
Since that article was published, the minimum allowed version of the Adobe Flash Player browser plug-in was increased to 11.8.800.94 on September 10th and again to 188.8.131.52 on February 5th. Although critical security updates have been released for Flash Player since then, Apple still has not increased the minimum allowed version of Flash Player. The current version as of today is 184.108.40.206, which was released one week ago on April 28, 2014 to patch a critical zero-day vulnerability that was actively being exploited in the wild on Windows systems.
the JoshMeister (Joshua Long) is a computer security researcher from Southern California. He has a Master of Information Technology degree concentrating in Internet Security, and he has also taken doctorate-level coursework studying Business Administration and Computer and Information Security.
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