Security Update 7-12-02 Fixes Software Update -- Apple has released Security Update 7-12-02 to fix a recently reported problem with Mac OS X's Software Update utility. Software Update 1.4.6 eliminates concern over an attacker setting up a machine to masquerade as the Software Update server swscan.apple.com and deliver malicious programs in the guise of legitimate updates. Although Software Update 1.4.6 still relies on the same server, Apple is now cryptographically signing all downloads, and Software Update installs only downloads that Apple has signed, a capability that has been available in the Mac OS 9 version of Software Update for some time. Downloads that lack a valid signature are deleted. The 2.3 MB Security Update 7-12-02 is available via Software Update itself or as a separate 844K download. [ACE]
Open Files with Finder's App Switcher
Say you're in the Finder looking at a file and you want to open it with an application that's already running but which doesn't own that particular document. How? Switch to that app and choose File > Open? Too many steps. Choose Open With from the file's contextual menu? Takes too long, and the app might not be listed. Drag the file to the Dock and drop it onto the app's icon? The icon might be hard to find; worse, you might miss.
In Leopard there's a new solution: use the Command-Tab switcher. Yes, the Command-Tab switcher accepts drag-and-drop! The gesture required is a bit tricky. Start dragging the file in the Finder: move the file, but don't let up on the mouse button. With your other hand, press Command-Tab to summon the switcher, and don't let up on the Command key. Drag the file onto the application's icon in the switcher and let go of the mouse. (Now you can let go of the Command key too.) Extra tip: If you switch to the app beforehand, its icon in the Command-Tab switcher will be easy to find; it will be first (or second).