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Forum roundup: trouble with malware, Mac minis and more

08/31, 12:26pm

Possibly infected MacBook Pro and more

This week in the MacNN forums one forum member is trying to see if it's possible to install and run Mac OS X on a computer that previously ran Windows, click here to give advice. One disgruntled forum goer is concerned about a MacBook Pro possibly infected with malware, and seeks help to solve the problem.

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Forums: iPod rumors, iPhone ringtones, more

08/15, 6:00pm

Forum roundup iPod rumors

Forum roundup: Rumors about upgrades to the iPod lineup are a recent topic of interest in the MacNN forums where members seem to think that we will see new models by the end of the year. Advice on how to make ringtones for use with the iPhone 3G can be found in this thread started by jorgem4.

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AppleScript flaw allows root access

06/25, 6:15pm

AppleScript flaw

A MacNN forum poster reports on a serious flaw in Mac OS X's implementation of AppleScript. Essentially, applications that are running as root can accept AppleScript commands from applications that are not running as root -- and since every Cocoa application automatically gets some basic AppleScript support, this means that any time a Cocoa application runs as root, anyone else can send it a "do shell script" command and run other commands or applications as root. This is compounded by the fact that Apple ships an AppleScript application with its setuid bit set out of the box.

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Forums: MobileMe anticipation, iPod sound issues

06/18, 5:10pm

roundup MobileMe

Forum roundup: Excitement about MobileMe has been a topic of conversation in the MacNN forums lately. Users discussed the functionality of MobileMe and established that MobileMe will work with all of the Mac applications you would expect it to, as well as some Windows based applications such as Outlook. One user looks forward to being able to pull up files from their home computer while they are at work and another likes the idea of being notified instantly when they receive e-mails from their e-mail accounts on all their devices. Most users seem to think that Apple could have come up with something a little better than "MobileMe" for this service although it was determined that it could have been worse. Despite a funky name it appears as if MobileMe is something that will be in high demand upon its launch.

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