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If you find yourself pressing the Caps Lock key accidentally as much as I do, note that you can disable it entirely in Mac OS X. Open the Keyboard & Mouse preference pane, click the Modifier Keys button, and in the dialog that appears, select No Action from the Caps Lock pop-up menu. You could remap it to another modifier instead, but that might make using differently configured Macs more difficult.

 
 

Hackers Can Root Macs by Going Back in Time

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A bug in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and 10.7 Lion allows attackers to gain superuser access if they reset the clock to 1 January 1970. The bug shouldn’t affect most people, as the attacker also needs shell access to the Mac, and the user must have enabled superuser access in the past.favicon follow link

 

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James Bailey  2013-09-03 12:08
There is a partial workaround for this problem that I use. I edit the bash logout file .bash_logout to include this line:

sudo -K

(that's a capital K).

This will remove any past sudo shell access from your history and block this exploit but only when you logout from the shell. When using sudo for anything, I always create a new shell window in Terminal and exit when I'm done. This ensures that the logout script runs.

The best part is that if or when Apple fixes this, you don't really have to do anything because the only consequence to doing this is that you get the initial warning message each time you used sudo instead of just the first time.