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macOS, iOS, iPadOS, Safari CVE-2021-1844 Bug : Fix It Now!

macOS, iOS, iPadOS, Safari CVE-2021-1844 Bug : Fix It Now!

Apple just rushed out macOS Big Sur 11.2.3, iOS 14.4.1, iPadOS 14.4.1 and Safari 14.0.3 to patch a critical security bug.

Find out what they fix, and why you need to update your MacBook, iPhone and iPad right away!

 

Apple Rushes Out macOS, iOS, iPadOS, Safari Critical Bug Fixes!

Released on 8 March 2021, macOS Big Sur 11.2.3 patches only one bug, which may mislead users into thinking that it’s not very important.

WebKit

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution

Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved validation.

CVE-2021-1844: Clément Lecigne of Google’s Threat Analysis Group, Alison Huffman of Microsoft Browser Vulnerability Research

On the same day, Apple also released iOS 14.4.1 and iPadOS 14.4.1 – both patching the same CVE-2021-1844 vulnerability.

WebKit

Available for: iPhone 6s and later, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation)

Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution

Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved validation.

CVE-2021-1844: Clément Lecigne of Google’s Threat Analysis Group, Alison Huffman of Microsoft Browser Vulnerability Research

Apple also released Safari 14.0.3, which patches the same vulnerability for macOS Catalina and macOS Mojave :

WebKit

Available for: macOS Catalina and macOS Mojave

Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution

Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved validation.

CVE-2021-1844: Clément Lecigne of Google’s Threat Analysis Group, Alison Huffman of Microsoft Browser Vulnerability Research

 

Why Install These macOS, iOS, iPadOS, Safari Bug Fixes ASAP?

While they appear to only patch WebKit in macOS Big Sur, iOS, iPadOS and Safari, they are CRITICAL bug fixes that you need to install right away.

They patch the new CVE-2021-1844 vulnerability, which was discovered by Clément Lecigne of Google’s Threat Analysis Group and Alison Huffman of Microsoft Browser Vulnerability Research.

This vulnerability allows a remote attacker to trigger a buffer overflow when the victim opens a specially-crafted web page, allowing the attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target system.

It is not known if this vulnerability has been exploited yet, but it is critical to install the new updates to prevent that from happening.

 

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How To Fix NAS Connection Failure In macOS Catalina!

One of the issues you may face after upgrading to macOS Catalina is a sudden failure to connect to your NAS. And no matter what you do – you just can’t access your NAS!

Fortunately, we have the solution for this problem. Here is our guide on how you can fix the NAS connection failure in macOS Catalina!

 

The macOS Catalina NAS Connection Issue

After upgrading to macOS Catalina, you may experience a sudden and persistent inability to connect to your NAS.

When you try to access your NAS, it will say Connection Failed. And nothing happens when you click the Connect As… button – you don’t get the usual security pop-up to log into your NAS.

This is beyond annoying, because you have now lost all access to your NAS on macOS Catalina.

It is definitely a macOS Catalina issue because if you try using a Windows PC or an old macOS system, you will have no issue accessing the same NAS.

So what should you do?

 

The Cause Of The macOS Catalina NAS Connection Failure

From what we can tell, this issue is happening because Apple apparently dropped support for SMB1 and SMB 2.0 in macOS Catalina.

With many NAS defaulting to SMB1 for compatibility reasons, users will immediately lose the ability to connect once they upgrade to macOS Catalina.

 

How To Fix The macOS Catalina NAS Connection Failure

The key is to set your NAS to use SMB 3.0 or later. This should not be a problem if your NAS is less than 5-6 years old, because SMB 3.0 was introduced in 2012.

In our guide, we are going to use the screenshots from our Synology NAS. But it should be similar in concept to NAS from other brands like QNAP and WD :

  1. Log into your NAS
  2. Go to Control Panel > File Services.
  3. Under the SMB section, click on Advanced Settings.

  1. In the Advanced Settings pop-up, you will find that the Maximum SMB protocol is probably set to SMB1.
  2. You need to set the Maximum SMB protocol to SMB3.

  1. Now, this is not necessary, but while you are here, you might as well just set the Minimum SMB protocol to SMB2 and Large MTU.
  2. Then click Apply at the bottom of the Advanced Settings pop-up to save the settings.

  1. If it works, you should be able to connect to your NAS after you log out of your NAS. However, in many cases, you need to take an additional step by manually connecting to your NAS.
  2. To do that, you need to select Go > Connect to Server… in Finder.
  3. Then key in smb://ServerName/ (in our example, smb://DiskStation/) and click Connect.
  1. This should finally launch the security login pop-up, where you can key in your Name and Password to log into your NAS.

After logging into your NAS, you should have no issue accessing your NAS. You can also drag and add your NAS folders to the Favourites list in Finder.

 

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macOS Catalina – The Full List of 235 Incompatible Apps!

Make sure you check for incompatible apps before you upgrade to macOS Catalina, because it no longer supports 32-bit apps!

Let’s take a look at the full list of 235 incompatible apps that the macOS Catalina installer has been programmed to look for.

 

Why Are These Apps Incompatible With macOS Catalina?

While many developers have transitioned their software to 64-bit versions over the years, there are still many 32-bit apps out there.

After all, not everyone is able or willing to upgrade to the latest version of any software. There are plenty of people who are happy to stick with the software they purchased years ago.

However, macOS Catalina is the first macOS operating system to drop all support for 32-bit apps, rendering all those apps incompatible.

There is no workaround – they will not work with macOS Catalina, period.

 

What If My App Is In The macOS Catalina Incompatible List?

If an app you are using is listed above, then it is a 32-bit app that will not work with macOS Catalina.

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You have two options at this point :

a) if you want to use macOS Catalina – you will need to uninstall that app, and replace it with a 64-bit alternative

b) if you want to continue using the app – then you should NOT upgrade to macOS Catalina. Just stick to macOS Mojave or earlier, and you will do just fine.

 

Check Your Other Apps Before Upgrading To Catalina!

It would be wise not to just rely on the list of incompatible apps that macOS Catalina recognises, because it is just a partial list of all the 32-bit apps that are still being used worldwide.

You should identify the other 32-bit apps you need to upgrade or replace, before upgrading to macOS Catalina.

 

The Full List Of 235 Apps Incompatible With macOS Catalina

Hidden in the macOS Catalina’s installer code is a list of 235 apps that Apple has identified to be incompatible.

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, and mainly covers popular software that Apple will highlight as incompatible during the upgrade process.

  • 10.5 Software Update or earlier
  • 1Password 2.12.1 or earlier
  • 3D Weather Globe / 3D Weather Globe Deluxe Edition / 3D Weather Globe 2 Screensaver
  • 3ivx 504 or earlier
  • ADmitMac 9.0.1 or earlier
  • Adobe Creative Cloud 1.0.x or earlier
  • Adobe Creative Cloud 1.1.x or earlier
  • AirDisplay 1.6.3 or earlier
  • AJA 12.2.1 or earlier
  • AJA Io HD Driver 6.0.3 or earlier
  • Antidote HD 7.2 or earlier
  • Antidote HD 3.1.6 or earlier
  • Antidote RX
  • App Tamer 2.0.5 or earlier
  • Apple Configurator 1.9.9 or earlier
  • Asepsis
  • AT&T Laptop Connect Card 1.0.4 or earlier
  • AT&T Laptop Connect Card 1.0.5 or earlier
  • AT&T Laptop Connect Card 1.10.0 or earlier
  • Avast! 1.0.1 or earlier
  • Avast Mac Security 10.14 or earlier
  • Avid CoreAudio Plugin 12.1.0.x or earlier
  • Bark 1.1 or earlier
  • Bark 1.0.1 or earlier
  • Belkin Router Monitor
  • Best Youtube Downloader
  • Billings Pro 1.6.5 or earlier
  • Box Sync 4.0.6567 or earlier
  • Camouflage 2.0 or earlier
  • Canon UFRII 2.25 or earlier
  • Canon UFRII 2.35 or earlier
  • cDock 1.1.3 or earlier
  • CHUD
  • Clusters 1.7 or earlier
  • CosmoPod 4.5.1 or earlier
  • DAVE 12.0.1 or earlier
  • Default Folder X 4.3.10 or earlier
  • Disk for iPhone
  • DisplayLink 1.9 or earlier
  • DisplayPad 5 or earlier
  • DisplayPad 1.4 or earlier
  • DivX 1.3 or earlier
  • DoubleCommand 1.6.9 or earlier
  • Dropbox 1.1.34 or earlier
  • eID 4.0.7 or earlier
  • ESET Cyber Security 6.0.14 or earlier
  • FastCut Threshold Plugin 1.0 or earlier
  • Flip4Mac 3.0 or earlier
  • FortiClient 5.4.0.493 or earlier
  • FinderPop 2.4.9 or earlier
  • Final Cut Server Preference 1.5.2 or earlier
  • Genieo 2.0 or earlier
  • GlimmerBlocker 1.4.12 or earlier
  • Glims 1.0b34 or earlier
  • Glims 1.0.42 or earlier
  • Google Japanese IM 1.13.1880 or earlier
  • GPG Mail 2.5.1 or earlier
  • Growl 1.2.2 or earlier
  • Gutenprint 5.2.10 or earlier
  • Hear Plugin 1.0.4 or earlier
  • Hear Plugin 1.0.5 or earlier
  • Hear Plugin 1.1.4 or earlier
  • InstantOn 7.2.1 or earlier
  • iStat Menus 2.9 or earlier
  • iStat Menus 4.20 or earlier
  • iStat Menus 5.10 or earlier
  • iStat Server 2.21 or earlier
  • Kaspersky Antivirus 2.2.0d16 or earlier
  • Kanbox 1.1.2.x or earlier
  • Kanbox 1.1.1 or earlier
  • KeyMagic 1.5 or earlier
  • KinemeCore 0.5.1 or earlier
  • LabTech Agent 1.0 or earlier
  • LaCie USB 3.0 Driver 1.0.8 or earlier
  • launch2net Drivers 2.13.0 or earlier
  • LazyMouse 2.5 or earlier
  • Litecoin Ticker 1.337 or earlier
  • Little Snitch 1.2.64 or earlier
  • Little Snitch 2.5.3 or earlier
  • Little Snitch 3.3 or earlier
  • Line6 TonePort Driver 4.1.0 or earlier
  • Logitech Control Center 3.9.4 or earlier
  • M-Audio Driver 1.10.1 or earlier
  • M-Audio Driver 2.3.1 or earlier
  • Macspoofer 1.0 or earlier
  • Magican 1.4.8 or earlier
  • McAfee Internet Security 3.3 or earlier
  • McAfee Security 1.0.0d1 or earlier
  • McAfee VirusScan 8.6 or earlier
  • Mou 0.8.7 or earlier
  • Move Media Player
  • MyBook RAID Manager 1.0.1 or earlier
  • Net Nanny 3.1.7 or earlier
  • Norton AntiVirus
  • Norton Internet Security 5.9.1 or earlier
  • Opswat Gears 10.2.185 or earlier
  • Parallels 2.5 or earlier
  • Parallels 7.0.15094 or earlier
  • Parallels Access 2.0.0 or earlier
  • Pen Tablet Preference 5.3.3-3
  • Plaxo 1.0 or earlier
  • Plaxo 3.16.2 or earlier
  • Plaxo 3.0 or earlier
  • Printopia 2.1.10 or earlier
  • Pro Tools 9.0f121 or earlier
  • Qmaster Components
  • Qmaster Preference 3.5 or earlier
  • QT Desktop Video Out 1.2.7 or earlier
  • QuickBooks 2009 10.0f2440 or earlier
  • QuickBooks 2010 11.0f2972 or earlier
  • QuickBooks 2011 12.0f5460 or earlier
  • QuickBooks 2012 13.0.f7630 or earlier
  • QuickBooks 2013 14.0f10166 or earlier
  • QuickBooks 2014 15.0f2630 or earlier
  • QuickBooks 2015 16.0.6 or earlier
  • Quicken Essentials 1.7.4 or earlier
  • QQ Input 2.8.999 or earlier
  • QQ Mac Manager 2.4.0 or earlier
  • Rapport 1.0 or earlier
  • Rapport 2.0 or earlier
  • Razer Kraken Audio Plugin 1.04 or earlier
  • Razer Kraken 7.1 Audio Plugin 1.02 or earlier
  • Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma Audio Plugin 1.04 or earlier
  • Razer Kraken 7.1 Blue Audio Plugin 1.03 or earlier
  • Razer Kraken 7.1 v2 Audio Plugin 1.1 or earlier
  • Razer Mamba 2012 1.07 or earlier
  • Razer ManOWar Audio Plugin 1.2 or earlier
  • Rubbernet 1.2 or earlier
  • Screen Sharing 1.4 or earlier
  • Seagate Maxtor NotificationExec 4.1.6 or earlier
  • SecureVault LexarFilter 2.2.0 or earlier
  • Shake 4.10 or earlier
  • Smith Micro Internet Cleanup 5.0.4 or earlier
  • Smith Micro Internet Cleanup 5.1.1 or earlier
  • SMS Widget 3.4 or earlier
  • Snapz Pro X 4.0.0 or earlier
  • Sogou IM 2.9.0 or earlier
  • Sonner Qio 2.7.1 or earlier
  • Sophos AntiVirus 7.2.0 or earlier
  • Sophos AntiVirus 9.4.4 or earlier
  • Sophos Auto Update 7.3.4 or earlier
  • Sophos Endpoint 9.5.2 or earlier
  • Sophos Home 9.4.4 or earlier
  • Sound Bunny 1.0.1 or earlier
  • Sound Control 2.2.3 or earlier
  • SourceTree 1.5.6 or earlier
  • Sony Palm 6 Sync Driver 2.0.1 or earlier
  • SRS iWOW 3.1.x or earlier
  • SRS iWOW 3.0.x or earlier
  • SugarSync Manager 1.9.26 or earlier
  • Suitcase Fusion 17.0.0 or earlier
  • SugarSync 1.0 or earlier
  • SugarSync 1.0.9 or earlier
  • Switcher Maestro
  • SuperDrive Update 2.1 or earlier
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.6565 or earlier
  • Synergy KM 1.0.1 or earlier
  • Sxs Memory Card Driver 1.0.45049 or earlier
  • TabExpose 2.3 or earlier
  • TelldusCenter 2.1.1 or earlier
  • TorchUpdated 25.0 or earlier
  • TotalFinder 1.6.2 or earlier
  • TotalSpaces 1.2.9 or earlier
  • Transmit 4.1.7 or earlier
  • Trend Smart Surfing 1.6.1089 or earlier
  • Trim Enabler 3.2.4 or earlier
  • Trusteer Endpoint Protection 1609.22 or earlier
  • Undercover 5.5 or earlier
  • VirusBarrier 10.6.12 or earlier
  • Visor 2.2 or earlier
  • Videobox TAAVPlugin 2.3T or earlier
  • Virtru 1.0.2 or earlier
  • Vodafone v2.0.6 or earlier
  • VMWare Fusion 3.1.4 or earlier
  • VMWare Fusion 4.1.1 or earlier
  • Wacom 6.3.8-2 or earlier
  • WD Drive Manager 2.2.7 or earlier
  • WD SmartWare 2.1.x or earlier
  • WD SmartWare 1.0.x or earlier
  • WebEx Outlook Plugin 32.5.1 or earlier
  • XtraFinder 0.25.4 or earlier
  • ZEV0 2012.09.23 or earlier

The list was consolidated somewhat, combining minor revisions for the same software.

 

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macOS Catalina – Don’t Upgrade Until You Do This First!

macOS Catalina (or macOS version 10.15) is coming in October 2019, bringing with it a slew of really nice improvements and new features.

However, unlike earlier macOS releases – you need to prepare for macOS Catalina, or you could run into trouble right after the upgrade!

 

macOS Catalina Requirements

Before we start, make sure you have one of these systems – macOS Catalina will only run on these Mac computers.

  • iMac Pro : All models
  • iMac : Late 2012 or newer
  • Mac Pro : Late 2013 or newer
  • Mac mini : Late 2012 or newer
  • MacBook Pro : Mid 2012 or newer
  • MacBook : Early 2015 or newer
  • MacBook Air : Mid 2012 or newer

 

macOS Catalina – Don’t Upgrade Until You Do This First!

Unlike earlier versions of macOS, Catalina drops support for 32-bit apps. Therefore, you must check if you are still using any 32-bit apps before you upgrade.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to check for 32-bit apps in macOS :

  1. Click on the Apple icon on the top left of the task bar.
  2. Select About This Mac from the pull-down list.

  1. In the Overview screen, click on the System Report… button.

  1. When System Report loads, select Software > Applications from the column on the left.
  2. It will now take a minute or two to scan all of your apps.
  3. Once it loads, you can scroll through all of your apps to look for any that have their 64-Bit (Intel) status marked No.

  1. However, an EASIER method is to locate the 64-Bit (Intel) column, and click on it to list all those marked No at the top.As you can see, quite a number of applications, including those used to setup the actual apps, are still 32-bit apps.

  1. Now, you need to uninstall all those 32-bit apps and replace them with 64-bit versions. Otherwise, they will all fail to work once you upgrade to Catalina!

 

Why Do You Need To Run This Check Again?

You need to find out what 32-bit apps you are still running, because they will NOT work after you install macOS Catalina.

You will need to upgrade these 32-bit apps with newer 64-bit versions, BEFORE you upgrade to macOS Catalina.

 

Can’t I Upgrade My Apps After I Upgrade To macOS Catalina?

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It is possible to remove your 32-bit apps and install their 64-bit versions after upgrading to macOS Catalina.

However, you may have trouble removing all of the older components, if the old 32-bit app used an installer.

So we highly recommend that you uninstall all 32-bit apps, and install their 64-bit versions… BEFORE you upgrade to macOS Catalina.

 

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Apple Finally Kills iTunes… Good Riddance To Bad Rubbish!

Apple FINALLY kills off iTunes, and the world is a better place for it!

Find out what killing off iTunes means for Apple users, and why we should celebrate its death with champagne and loud cheers!

 

iTunes Lifeline Finally Cut!

Well, not right away though. That junk software will continue to soldier on until you upgrade to macOS Catalina (macOS 10.15) – their next-generation operating system.

After you upgrade to macOS Catalina, iTunes will no longer exist. Only then you can safely toast its demise with champagne.

 

iTunes Was A Bloated Piece Of Shit

Honestly, why are some Apple fans so crazy about iTunes, literally crying virtual tears over its impending demise?

That piece of shit should have been canned years ago. Cast in concrete and dropped into the deepest ocean humanity can find.

You guys do know that you can be an Apple fanboy without pretending to love iTunes, right? RIGHT?

 

Apple Just Cut It Into Three Pieces

I’m ecstatic Apple finally pulled the plug on that bloated, unwieldy junk software, instead of forcing a new version down our throats every year.

I’m just a little sad that they chose to split iTunes into three smaller apps – Apple Music, Apple TV and Apple Podcasts.

Sure, this would finally align macOS devices with their iOS cousins, which already have those apps. But now, you have to use three separate apps to manage your media, instead of just one.

There is also the tendency for those apps to bloat, as Apple adds more features with each iteration.

 

Wasted Opportunity?

IMHO, Apple could have used this opportunity to reinvent (and revolutionise?) how we manage and use media.

Instead of killing iTunes, perhaps they should have created a completely new unified app, with a different concept and UI… and a new name.

Not only is the iTunes name now irrevocably associated with user frustration, it is also incongruous with what iTunes has become.

 

The BEST Part About Killing iTunes

The BEST part about Apple killing iTunes is something many people somehow missed – you can now backup, update and sync your iOS devices through Finder!

This feature alone is worth upgrading to macOS Catalina at the earliest opportunity, even if Apple did not kill iTunes.

No longer will you have to use iTunes to backup, update and manage files in your iOS devices.

No longer will you be forced to use specific folders to sync your media files with your iOS devices.

No longer will you wonder why iTunes stubbornly refuses to sync certain photos and videos, while syncing all other photos and videos.

Yes, no longer will you have to put up with the piece of shit software called Apple iTunes to use your iOS devices!

If it actually works as advertised, this feature alone will finally see me purchase my first iPad since I sold off my first-generation iPad many years ago.

 

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