The Local-Access Edition Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Researcher Drops 15-year-old Zero-day That Affects All Mac OSes, by CSO Online

While the vulnerability is now in the wild, the bug is a local privilege escalation (LPE) flaw that can be exploited only if an attacker has local access to the Mac — or previously pwned the computer. However, exploiting it would give an attacker root access.

Some Apple Watch Users Are Reporting Unexpected Reboots Possibly Caused By ICU Equipment, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

The common thread appears to be using the Apple Watch in the intensive care unit of some hospitals. This suggests there may be specific ICU-related equipment used in hospitals that could be interfering with Apple Watch Series 3 with or without cellular.

Apple's Warranty Coverage Check Website Now Demands Apple ID For Access, by Roger Fingas, AppleInsider

Apple is now asking visitors to to enter their Apple ID for verification, where previously they just needed to enter a device's serial number or IMEI, causing problems for second-hand buyers.

Apple’s “Rare” Apologies Aren’t As Rare As They Used To Be, by Will Oremus, Slate

It’s true that Apple’s apologies under Jobs tended to come grudgingly. Still, he did say he was sorry on multiple occasions over the course of his tenure—including, eventually, to customers affected by the iPhone 4’s antenna problems.

And in the six years since Jobs’ death, Apple has struck a more conciliatory stance, apologizing at least a half-dozen times for various snafus. Three of those, including the Batterygate letter, have come in 2017 alone.


Regardless, the next time Apple apologizes, we should probably think twice before calling it “rare.”


Review: Modsy – The (Relatively) Affordable AR-inspired Alternative To Your Own Interior Design Consultant, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

The emphasis is on making the process as easy as possible for you, while still coming up with designs and product suggestions which will be a good match for your tastes – and allowing you to adapt them as you wish.


Apple Buys App Development Service Buddybuild, by Brian Heater, TechCrunch

The iPhone giant has now acquired Buddybuild, a Vancouver-based app tools startup that describes itself as “mobile iteration platform” focused on continuous integration and debugging tools — essentially giving an app development team a simple workflow for iterating and pushing their apps out into the world through GitHub, BitBucket or GitLab.


As part of the acquisition, Buddybuild will be rolled into Xcode, Apple’s suite of development tools for iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS, although Apple and Buddybuild have not given a specific timeline of when that will happen.

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For some reason that is unknown to me, I've learn to write the sentence-containing-the-entire-alphabet as "The quick red fox jumps over the lazy brown dog." I prefer this version, with that redundant 'red', because I enjoy the symmetry.


My day job has mostly turned from one which involves making stuff to one making sure stuff still works. My night hobbies nowadays mostly involve consuming stuff. I guess I need to make a change so that I can be happy again. Therefore, my resolution is about making more stuff -- even if no one else sees these stuff.

The first question that need to be answered by me: what stuff?


Thanks for reading.