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updated 11:45 am EDT, Wed June 20, 2007

Apple TV 1.1

An Apple TV 1.1 software update has been released. The update presumably brings YouTube functionality to the device (as previously reported), as well as resolving a potential denial of service vulnerability and arbitrary code execution vulnerability in the UPnP IGD (Internet Gateway Device Standardized Device Control Protocol) code used to create Port Mappings on home NAT gateways in the Apple TV implementation. Apple says that by sending a maliciously crafted packet, a remote attacker can trigger the overflow which may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution. This update addresses the issue by performing additional validation when processing UPnP protocol packets. The new release is only available directly to the Apple TV. It is not downloadable through Mac OS X or Windows, nor from the Apple site. You can manually update your Apple TV using the TV interface by selecting Settings > Update Software, or allow it to automatically update (checks are done once a week).

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  1. gmsmith

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Kills Hacks

    What a surprise, the update kills of any hacks that have been done. SSH no longer responding, ATVFiles no longer showing up on the menu.

  1. Filburt

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Multi-channel, subtitle

    I was hoping for multi-channel audio (at least via HDMI) and subtitle support, but alas.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: kills hacks

    Yes, what a surprise! Because, we know with OS X, if you do anything to your system there in the underneath stuff, that never gets changed or reset!

    Its not Apple's problem to support anyone's 'hacks' on the system.

  1. sixcolors

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hack Killer

    Removes a lot of things that made the Apple TV great. Most file system support is gone and kexts all break.

    The YouTube plugin was okay, but I reverted to the original system as I would rather play avi files from my H.D. attached to my airport than play YouTube with apples plugin.

  1. Drupa

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple TV still for sale?

    The thing puts out 720i video. Are folks really buying this dismal toy? Love my macs, but this paperweight is a performance joke.

  1. MacnTX

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Umm, no, it outputs 720p (which *is* HD by the way). And yes people are definitely buying it apparently...

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