WebSTAR Update Patches Vulnerabilities -- 4D, Inc. has released version 5.3.3 of its 4D WebSTAR Web, email, and FTP server suite to address reported vulnerabilities and add other enhancements. The update is free to all licensed WebSTAR V owners. WebSTAR versions 5.3.2 and earlier have a stack overflow vulnerability in their FTP service that could allow an attacker to gain administrative privileges by sending a long FTP command; a sample script included with WebSTAR could allow directory indexing of any directory on the server; and the Web server component could allow an attacker to download the php.ini files that might contain sensitive information such as the account name and password used by PHP to communicate with databases. All WebSTAR server administrators should update their servers to the latest version. 4D says the upgrade also offers improved spam filtering, with the addition of IP address whitelisting and the capability to filter messages pre-tagged with SpamAssassin headers. [MHA]
Avoid Simple Typos
If, like me, you find yourself typing 2911 in place of 2011 entirely too often, you can have Mac OS X (either Lion or Snow Leopard) fix such typos for you automatically. Just open the Language & Text pane of System Preferences, click the Text button at the top, and then add a text substitution by clicking the + button underneath the list. It won't work everywhere (for that you'll want a utility like Smile's TextExpander), but it should work in applications like Pages and TextEdit, and in Save dialog boxes.