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Mac OSX 10.5.5 released

September 16, 2008 Leave a comment

Available now through Software Update or as a direct download, the 10.5.5 update ‘is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac‘.

I haven’t had the chance to test this on my hackintosh yet so that’s the next task. Read on for the complete list of fixes. Read more…

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Psystar Sues Apple, claims anticompetitive practices

August 27, 2008 Leave a comment

In an unexpected move, Mac clone maker Psystar has counter sued Apple, accusing the company of restraint of trade and other violations of antitrust law. Apple had originally filed a formal complaint with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on July 3rd. Now that Psystar has responded, Apple has 30 days to reply to the allegations.

Psystar are looking to challenge the EULA of Mac OSX, which states that the operating system can only be used on Apple hardware. It’s starting to sound like a David and Goliath battle, but if the comment on Engadget that ‘EULAs have traditionally been upheld in California and Florida’ is any indication Psystar has a tough battle ahead.

This is one case that could have a huge impact on the future of Mac OS, especially the right to run it on non-Apple hardware. The chance to buy a legal copy of OSX for a hackintosh would be a big improvement, even though it’s looking like a very slim possibility at the moment.

Read more at

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10.5.4 released – hackintosh update

July 1, 2008 9 comments

10.5.4 has now been released and is currently running on my hackintosh. The final release is build 9E17, and comes with a new kernel v9.4. This probably means sleep won’t work until Kalyway or one of the other hackers releases a patched kernel (I haven’t had a chance to try sleep yet). Here’s the steps I took to get it installed. Read more…

Serious OSX Security Vulnerabilty

June 29, 2008 Leave a comment

This one broke around a week ago but I’ve only just had the chance to try it out. And an OSX security flaw is big news so no harm in spreading the cure. The advisory at Washingtonpost.com concerns the Apple Remote Desktop Agent which runs as root and accepts applescript commands. Typing the following into terminal, you can copy and paste and it works fine.

osascript -e ‘tell app “ARDAgent” to do shell script “whoami”‘;

On my 10.5.3 installation this returns ‘root’, so the vulnerability can be used to do anything on the mac. The following code will change the file access permissions of ARDagent

osascript -e ‘tell app “ARDAgent” to do shell script “chmod 0555 /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ARDAgent.app/Contents/MacOS/ARDAgent”‘;

Again this can be copied and pasted into the terminal. Running the first commands again should now return your username rather than ‘root’.

Read the full article at the Washingtonpost.com

Psystar releases Openserv platform

June 20, 2008 Leave a comment

Following on from its Opencomputer and OpenProcomputer models, Psystar has now released the Openserv 1100 and 2400 models. The 1100 offers four drive bays in a 1U rack space case and is available with a range of operating systems including Mac OSX 10.5 server. The 2400 models ups the drivebays to six in a 2U case. There’s been no reported action from Apple following the release of the Opencomputer, so it looks like Psystar are confident they can continue with their Mac OS range with impunity.

There’s also an Opengamer range on offer, but not surprisingly this is restricted to Windows Vista.

Also on the Psystar web site is a 10.5.3 installer for the Opencomputer range. This downloads and installs the 10.5.3 update from Apple for the hardware that the Opencomputer could be configured with. There’s no indication if this would work for a homebrew hackintosh with the same hardware.