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A week in security (December 28 – January 3)

First off we would like to wish all our readers a happy and secure 2021! Last week on Malwarebytes Labs we presented an overview of developments in the SearchDimension hijackers, we looked at the most enticing cyberattacks of 2020, and we also looked back at the strangest cybersecurity events of 2020. Other cybersecurity news: Google patched a bug in its feedback tool that could be … [Read more...]

What Companies Appreciate from Big Sur, Apple’s Latest macOS Release

Mac users are not the only ones that were excited about the new macOS release, Big Sur. Organizations also benefit from several new features.  The new version’s reworked user interface is its most easily discernible difference. Program icons now have rounded corners, the Control Center menu for changing basic settings can be found in the upper right corner of your screen—that would … [Read more...]

A week in security (November 23 – November 29)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we talked with Chris Boyd about charities that track you online. We also looked back at Zoom, and wondered whether it’s any safer months after its first vulnerability was reported. We talked about how Apple’s security is hampering the detection of potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). Lastly, we reported on Spotify resetting some user accounts after … [Read more...]

Apple security hampers detection of unwanted programs

Anyone who uses Malwarebytes software is probably familiar with the fact that, in addition to things like malware and adware, Malwarebytes detects potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). These are programs that exhibit a variety of unsavory behaviors, but that, for legal reasons, cannot be called malware. PUP (n): a program that may include advertising, toolbars, and pop-ups that are unrelated … [Read more...]

Parallels Desktop and macOS Big Sur

Apple has at last released macOS Big Sur! First previewed at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2020, and then finally released to the world in November 2020, macOS Big Sur has had the longest beta development cycle of any macOS release in recent history.  The silver lining: engineers at Parallels® used this time to work in lockstep with their Apple counterparts in an effort … [Read more...]

Parallels Desktop for Apple Silicon Mac

Apple’s “One more thing.” event on November 10, 2020, revealed the first Mac computers powered by Apple Silicon.   Parallels is excited to see the performance, power efficiency, and virtualization features that are brought to the Mac with Apple Silicon. The transition to Apple Silicon should be smooth for most Mac applications, thanks to Rosetta technology. Fortunately, our Parallels … [Read more...]

Update your iOS now! Apple patches three zero-day vulnerabilities

Apple has patched three vulnerabilities in iOS (and iPadOS) that were actively being exploited in targeted attacks. Vulnerabilities that are being exploited in the wild without a patch being available are referred to as zero-days. The vulnerabilities were found and disclosed by Google’s Project Zero team, and patches were issued yesterday. What has Apple patched in the update? Publicly … [Read more...]

HP printer issue on Mac: What happened?

Apple holds the keys to nearly all recent Mac software. This is a story of those keys, and how a Hewlett Packard (HP) error caused problems for a lot of people. Code signing and certificates First, it’s important to understand that when I say “keys,” what I really mean is “certificates.” These certificates are similar to the ones that are the basis for secure … [Read more...]

About Parallels Desktop system extensions on macOS Big Sur (and later)

Guest blog post from Dmitry Geynisman, Product Manager at Parallels You may have seen these messages from both macOS and Parallels Desktop for Mac: No worries, in this blog post I will explain the situation in detail. First, I will give you a relatively short answer about why Parallels® Desktop uses system extensions, and then more details will follow.  Parallels Desktop uses a … [Read more...]

Apple’s notarization process fails to protect

In macOS Mojave, Apple introduced the concept of notarization, a process that developers can go through to ensure that their software is malware-free (and must go through for their software to run on macOS Catalina). This is meant to be another layer in Apple’s protection against malware. Unfortunately, it’s starting to look like notarization may be less security and more security … [Read more...]