Forwarding Address: OS X

Thursday, December 11, 2003

Over on /. a storm's a'brewin' over this rather weak article at ABC News in which the author compares one Mac OS vulnerability to all Windows vulnerabilities and concludes that they are the same, security-wise. Blah blah whatever. Same ol' religious war...again.

What is interesting, and useful, and worth it's weight in pixels, is this chunk of a comment posted by psychogentoo regarding the OS X vulnerability and how to actually close it:

  1. Click the Finder icon in the Dock.
  2. From the Go menu, choose Applications.
  3. Find the Utilities folder and double-click to open it.
  4. Open the Directory Access utility.
  5. Click the lock button, type your password, and click OK to authenticate.
  6. Select the LDAP service and click Configure.
  7. Deselect the "Use DCHP-supplied LDAP Server" option. See Figure 1.
  8. Click OK. Your computer is no longer susceptible to this exploit.
(How To Read Slashdot Comments: locate the Threshold pop-up and switch it to 5. Click "Change". 719 comments distilled to a readable and interesting 48).