Archive for April 29, 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Internet Explorer Security Flaw

Microsoft Security Advisory 2963983:

The vulnerability is a remote code execution vulnerability. The vulnerability exists in the way that Internet Explorer accesses an object in memory that has been deleted or has not been properly allocated. The vulnerability may corrupt memory in a way that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user within Internet Explorer. An attacker could host a specially crafted website that is designed to exploit this vulnerability through Internet Explorer and then convince a user to view the website.

BBC News:

However, the issue may be of special concern to people still using the Windows XP operating system.

That is because Microsoft ended official support for that system earlier this month.

It means there will be no more official security updates and bug fixes for XP from the firm.


About 30% of all desktops are thought to be still running Windows XP and analysts have previously warned that those users would be vulnerable to attacks from cyber-thieves.

Along the same lines, Apple is not fixing its recent FaceTime bug for iOS 6:

If you’re not fond of iOS 7’s design, but value FaceTime, it looks like you’ll finally have to give in. This FaceTime issue began earlier in April and gained recognition thanks to a lengthy forum thread in Apple’s Support Communities. The bug appeared after another mysterious issue that prevented first generation Apple TV units from connecting to Apple’s iTunes store.

Pop, the Animation Engine Behind Facebook Paper

Kimon Tsinteris:

Today we’re open-sourcing Pop, the animation engine behind the application’s smooth animations and transitions. Using dynamic instead of traditional static animations, Pop drives the scrolling, bouncing, and unfolding effects that bring Paper to life.

iOS 7 Squandered a Year of Third-Party Development on Superficial Changes

Jared Sinclair:

Fast-forwarding a year, the effect that iOS 7 has had on third party development is disheartening — which sounds like a fatuous thing to say, since there have been so many well-liked redesigns over the past year. But that’s the rub: the vast majority of third-party developers’ time has been spent redesigning and reimplementing apps to dress the part for iOS 7. Many shops, such as Tapbots and Cultured Code, were forced to delay new products indefinitely while they scrapped ongoing work in favor of reboots. I suspect that many other developers had to make similar decisions.

Can we expect the same from Mac OS X 10.10?

Brent Simmons:

Jared argues that iOS 7 wasn’t urgent, that evolution rather than revolution would have been fine, since customer satisfaction was extremely high with iOS 6. In retrospect I agree, but were I at Apple I would have argued that the situation is like tech debt — UI debt — and it’s best to deal with it quickly, completely, and early.

Garrett Murray:

We spent an entire year with clients (and with our own apps) doing this and it was a huge pain in the ass for only visual style gains.