How to: Patch OS X / MAC against the Shellshock vulnerability

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It may sound complicated when you read the online descriptions, but it's actually very easy!

The latest version, as of this writing, for OS X is 10.9.5 and that is susceptible to the Shellshock vulnerability.

To check your version of Bash, open a Terminal window and run: bash –version

This will probably return this: GNU bash, version 3.2.51(1)-release (x86_64-apple-darwin13)


I just performed the following on my own machines and it works perfectly.

Make sure you copy everything below – easiest is to click the "view raw" link to the bottom right of this Gist-box. [gist id=4a6eea55ddc013f12f92]

Open a terminal window and paste the following: pbpaste | cut -c 2- | sh

Now you should see it working thru the instructions and eventually you will need to input your password.


To verify that everything went according to plan you can verify your bash version again, like above.

This should now return: GNU bash, version 3.2.54(1)-release (x86_64-apple-darwin13)


Now you beloved Mac is all safe and sound again, but just to be on the safe side you should also prevent use of the previous bash version by issuing the following command in the terminal: sudo chmod a-x /bin/bash.old /bin/sh.old



For more details you can read the following post where I got the above instructions from.


How to setup Domino Designer on a Retina screen

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If you are one of the lucky few who has a Macbook Pro Retina in their possession AND you happen to be a Lotus Domino developer, then this article is for you! This will perhaps not appeal to the broadest of audiences, but to the selected few – I hope it will be of value.

There are a surprising number of Domino Developers who choose to run on Mac, myself included. If this is just because we have good taste, or because of something else I leave to you, my beloved readers, to judge. For a Domino Developer there really isn’t much of a benefit, as we still need to run Wintendos since Domino Designer isn’t available on OS X just yet. (From what I hear it won’t be anytime soon either). There are a number of options that are available to you when your forced in to the Windows environment using a Mac: Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop or Vmware Fusion being the most popular.

Personally, I prefer Parallels Desktop 8. I did run with Vmware Fusion 4 for a while, but decided to give Parallels a shot and haven’t looked back! In all fairness: I haven’t tried Vmvare Fusion 5, but to be honest I haven’t found a reason to switch from Parallels. It performs better in general and just feels more complete (comparing previous releases), especially with the new 8 release.

(You can find a comparison here: Comparison of VMware Fusion and Parallels Desktop)

[EDIT: Here’s a current benchmark comparison between Parallels Desktop 8 and VMware Fusion 5: Benchmarking Parallels vs VMware]

Parallels claimed Retina support even with R7 and that was just a bunch of crock, in plain english. But with R8 they have delivered!

Now, finally, we’re getting to the really juicy bits!

Here’s what we’re aiming for: (Click images for the full Retina experience!)

Illustrating Domino Designer in 2880x1800

Yes, it’s HUMONGOUS!

XPages Source

Plenty of space for code!

JavaScript - Source

Yup! JavaScript works as well!

If you haven’t fallen asleep yet, or rushed to the nearest Apple Store – This was just something to wet your appetite. Next time we’ll have a look at how to actually accomplish this, what settings to use and so on. If there’s enough interest I’d might even share my custom dark theme for editing JavaScript and XML!

Follow @jBoive for updates and/or stay tuned!