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Viewing Wi-Fi Details in Snow Leopard

In Snow Leopard, hold down the Option key before clicking the AirPort menu. Doing so reveals additional technical details including which standards, speeds, and frequencies you're using to connect, as well as what's in use by other networks. With the Option key held down and with a network already joined, the AirPort menu reveals seven pieces of information: the PHY Mode, the MAC (Media Access Control) address, the channel and band in use, the security method that's in use, the RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication) measurement, the transmit rate, and the MCS Index. In Leopard, some, but not all, of these details are revealed by Option-clicking the AirPort menu.

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Security Update 2005-005 for Mac OS X 10.3.9

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Security Update 2005-005 for Mac OS X 10.3.9 -- Apple has released Security Update 2005-005 to address several online security issues with Mac OS X 10.3.9 and Mac OS X Server 10.3.9. Users can download the patch via Software Update or from Apple's Web site (about 6 MB, depending on version).

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Security Update 2005-005 rolls in patches for a number of Mac OS X applications and technologies, as well as components of Mac OS X's underlying Unix implementation. Key fixes address buffer overflows and means by which attackers could potentially overwrite files, escalate privileges, or execute arbitrary code using the Finder, Help Viewer, the Foundation and AppKit application frameworks, Terminal, and AppleScript. Other fixes affect the Apache Web server, lukemftpd, sudo, Directory Services, VPN, and X11; in addition, Security Update 2005-005 disables Bluetooth file sharing by default, and prevents Bluetooth services from accessing files outside the default file exchange directory. As of this writing, a similar update has not been made available for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, and it's not clear whether Tiger already addresses these security concerns. [GD]

 

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