Home / News I have a News Tip

Apple Finally Patches DNS Flaw

Apple which has been under criticism by security experts for being slow in patching a major DNS flaw, has at last issued a patch in a security update for its OS X operating system and other software late Thursday.

Apple is among a handful of companies that security experts have said moved far too slow in reacting to the DNS bug. Other vendors, including Cisco and Microsoft, had patches ready when the existence of the flaw was disclosed on July 8, 2008. But some network administrators have reported compatibility problems with those early patches.

Read full story: PC World

Follow CircleID on
Related topics: Cybersecurity, DNS

If you are pressed for time ...

... this is for you. More and more professionals are choosing to publish critical posts on CircleID from all corners of the Internet industry. If you find it hard to keep up daily, consider subscribing to our weekly digest. We will provide you a convenient summary report once a week sent directly to your inbox. It's a quick and easy read.

I make a point of reading CircleID. There is no getting around the utility of knowing what thoughtful people are thinking and saying about our industry.

Vinton Cerf, Co-designer of the TCP/IP Protocols & the Architecture of the Internet

Share your comments

Re: Apple Finally Patches DNS Flaw Fergie  –  Aug 01, 2008 1:11 PM PDT

But wait — there's more, and it's not all good.

There is a report from the SANS Internet Storm Center that while "...Apple might have fixed some of the more important parts for servers, but is far from done yet as all the clients linked against a DNS client library still need to get the workaround for the protocol weakness."


- ferg

Not good. Matthew Elvey  –  Aug 05, 2008 12:09 PM PDT

Not to mention that the iPhone includes BIND code and it hasn't been patched at all.
(The "Legal" section includes bind license terms.) I haven't seen that mentioned anywhere.  At least the doxpara.com test says the name server my iPhone uses is OK.  Wait, WTF? My iPhone is using, AKA bld3.pao.opendns.com.  Ok, getting OT now...but that is interesting.

Correction; when not on WiFi, my iPhone Matthew Elvey  –  Aug 05, 2008 10:14 PM PDT

Correction; when not on WiFi, my iPhone uses, AKA bthinetdns.mycingular.net, which doxpara says is OK.

To post comments, please login or create an account.




Sponsored byWhoisXML API

New TLDs

Sponsored byAfilias

IP Addressing

Sponsored byAvenue4 LLC


Sponsored byVerisign

DNS Security

Sponsored byAfilias

Domain Names

Sponsored byVerisign