Thursday, May 29, 2008

Tools of the Trade - Hackintosh 10.5.3 Edition

If you've installed OS X hack-free on your $800 Hackintosh, then updating willy-nilly to OS X 10.5.3 isn't in the cards. On the plus side, your fellow OSx86 hackers have already released their own update for Hackintosh users—just one day after the official Apple release. The update is a fairly simple three-step process, but I haven't installed it yet, so if you feel like being the canary in the coal mine, let's hear how it worked for you in the comments.


On to the tools...

On May 29th, CCleaner 2.08.588 was released. CCleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space.

On May 28th, OpenSSL 0.9.8h was released. Two moderate severity security flaws have been fixed.

On May 23rd, Foxit Reader 2.3.2923 was released. Foxit Reader is a free PDF document viewer and printer, with incredible small size, breezing-fast launch speed and rich feature set. Foxit Reader supports Windows Me/2000/XP/2003/Vista. Its core function is compatible with PDF Standard 1.7. This release addresses a highly critical buffer overflow vulnerability.

On May 21st, Filezilla 3.0.10 was released. Precompiled binaries available from now link against GnuTLS 2.2.5 due to security vulnerabilities in previous GnuTLS versions.

On May 19th, Michele Dallachiesa released rtpBreak 1.3a. rtpBreak detects, reconstructs and analyzes any RTP [rfc1889] session through heuristics over the UDP network traffic. It works well with SIP, H.323, SCCP and any other signaling protocol. Check the changelog for all the details.

On May 17th, Pidgin 2.4.2 was released. Pidgin is a multi-protocol Instant Messaging client that allows you to use all of your IM accounts at once. Check the changelog for all the details.

On May 17th, Microsoft released Virtual PC 2007 Service Pack 1. Virtual PC lets you create separate virtual machines on your Windows desktop, each of which virtualizes the hardware of a complete physical computer. I still prefer VMware Workstation however. ;)

On May 14th, NewsGator released Feed Demon 2.7.0. Feed Demon is a very powerful (and free) RSS reader for Windows. I moved to Feed Demon last year and haven't looked back. Very fast and customizable.

On May 13th, the Fedora Project released Fedora 9. Check out the release notes for all the details.

On May 12th, Microsoft released Process Monitor v1.33. This update to Process Monitor, a real-time file, thread, DLL and performance monitoring utility, improves 32-bit stack walking on 64-bit Windows, fixes a driver bug that could cause crashes on 64-bit Windows, and preserves profiling information by default when saving log files.

On May 3rd, released Nmap v4.62. Check the changelog for all the details.

On April 30th, Ophcrack v3.0 was released. Ophcrack is a Windows password cracker based on a time-memory trade-off using rainbow tables. This is a new variant of Hellman's original trade-off, with better performance.

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