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Microsoft’s Malware Protection Engine needs an emergency patch PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 December 2017 20:30
microsoft malware protection engineOne of the most dangerous things an app can do is process random files that could be from anywhere, and but that is exactly what an antivirus app needs to do, and sometimes when you stare into the abyss, the abyss stared back at you. Such was the case just recently when Microsoft discovered that a specially crafted file could cause a memory corruption error when it is scanned by its Malware Protection Engine, used in both the consumer and enterprise version of its Windows Defender app. The malware was then able to execute code with LocalSystem privileges, which is pretty close to full admin. Because files can be delivered in numerous ways to a PC, and they all have to be scanned by Defender, the vulnerability is very serious. “There are many ways that an attacker could place a specially crafted file in a location that is scanned by the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine. For example, an attacker could use a website to deliver a specially crafted file to the victim’s system that is scanned when the website is viewed by the user,” Microsoft explains...Learn more on OUR FORUM.
 
 
Apple messed up again and this time it’s your front door they left unlocked PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 December 2017 13:00
apple home security kitA HomeKit vulnerability in the current version of iOS 11.2 has been demonstrated to 9to5Mac that allows unauthorized control of accessories including smart locks and garage door openers. Our understanding is Apple has rolled out a server-side fix that now prevents unauthorized access from occurring while limiting some functionality, and an update to iOS 11.2 coming next week will restore that full functionality. The vulnerability, which we won’t describe in detail and was difficult to reproduce, allowed unauthorized control of HomeKit-connected accessories including smart lights, thermostats, and plugs. The most serious ramification of this vulnerability prior to the fix is unauthorized remote control of smart locks and connected garage door openers. The vulnerability required at least one iPhone or iPad on iOS 11.2, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, connected to the HomeKit user’s iCloud account; earlier versions of iOS were not affected...You need to visit OUR FORUM to learn more.
 
 
Microsoft debuts Windows 10 on ARM PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 20:44
windows on armMicrosoft and Qualcomm are showing off the first Windows 10 on ARM devices, which provide Win32 app compatibility via emulation. Most models won't be available until next Spring, however. Windows PCs with multi-day battery life soon may no longer be just a pipe dream. A year ago, Microsoft announced it was working with its PC partners to bring Windows 10 to Qualcomm's ARM processors. The resulting machines, part of the "Always Connected PC" ecosystem, would start rolling out before the end of calendar 2017, officials said. Today, December 5, Microsoft provided a progress report on Windows on ARM at Qualcomm's Snapdragon Tech Summit. Microsoft and PC makers Asus and HP showed off new PCs running Windows 10 on Snapdragon 835 at the event. Asus' NovoGo will begin shipping at least in quantities before year-end, I've heard. Models with 4 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage will be available starting at $599, and 8GB/256 GB storage model at $799, Asus officials said today. Asus is claiming 22 hours of continuous video playback and 30 days of standby...Full review can be found on OUR FORUM.
 
Android Oreo (Go edition) PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 21:24
android oreo go editionSince Android’s creation, our mission has been to bring the power of computing to everyone. As a global operating system, Android has grown to more than 2 billion active devices around the world, with more users in India than the U.S. To make sure billions more people can get access to computing, it’s important that entry-level devices are fully functioning smartphones that can browse the web and use apps. At Google I/O this year, we gave an early look at a project we called “Android Go” to make this possible. We’re excited to announce that this software experience—Android Oreo (Go edition)—is ready, and launching as a part of the Android 8.1 release tomorrow. Android Oreo devices with 512MB to 1GB of memory will come with the all the Go optimizations. This Android Oreo (Go edition) experience is made up of three key components: Android Oreo is the most secure version of Android yet, so when you buy an Android Oreo (Go edition) device, you’ll be getting all the same security features...Discover these components and more at OUR FORUM.
 
Microsoft’s Windows 10 S is now a viable operating system PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 04 December 2017 03:12
windows 10 sMicrosoft’s Windows S which debuted with the Surface Laptop has been the subject of some debate for its short existence. To briefly recap, Windows 10 S is a variant of Windows 10 S which has been streamlined and optimized for security and speed, the trade-off being a few limitations of varying importance. Microsoft won’t let you install software from anywhere but the Microsoft Store, and hides the registry editor and command line tools so you can’t really dive deep into your PC. Yet, despite all those limitations, a case could be made that Windows 10 S could evolve into something that goes beyond functional, but is actually desirable to use. To begin with the negatives first, Windows 10 S is still nearly mythical. This isn’t saying anything good or bad about the OS, just that it barely seems to exist at the moment. Microsoft shipped the OS with the Surface Laptop for the first time — though it was with an easy upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. Microsoft also announced a number of devices, yet more devices featuring Windows 10 S have yet to come out...
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UK Government piles on the anti-Kaspersky bandwagon PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 03 December 2017 17:22
anti-Kaspersky bandwagonDespite repeated vigorous denials, it seems anti-virus company Kaspersky is unable to convince anyone that matters that they are not in league with the Russian government. Reuters reports that UK’s National Cyber Security Centre chief Ciaran Martin sent a memo to other government departments warning them that as Russia is “a highly capable cyber threat actor which uses cyber as a tool of statecraft,”  that has the intent to target the UK and its critical infrastructure, computers with info that could harm national security shouldn’t use an anti-virus software developed by a Russian company. In July Kaspersky was similarly been removed from the US governments approved vendors list after concerns were raised that the software provided by the vendor could allow the Kremlin access to the US government’s secure computer systems. Best Buy also removed their software from their shelves. The company has been accused of facilitating the stealing of classified data from US and Israel, though Kaspersky claimed the vulnerabilities used were simply a natural feature of software development. Kaspersky has fought back against the allegations by in October offering to allow 3rd party checkers to review its source code...Complete details are posted on OUR FORUM.
 
Apple messes up again PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 02 December 2017 20:06
apple's glass houseIt seems Apple is determined to make it super-easy for MacOS users to be casually hacked by passersby. We wrote recently of a MacOS High Sierra bug (or is it just pure negligence) which meant the OS shipped without a root password, meaning anyone could walk past your locked Mac laptop, casually log in and reformat your hard drive, amongst other nefarious things. Apple rushes out a patch, with rush being the operative word. Not only did the patch break some file-sharing functions on High Sierra, causing Apple to re-issue another patch, but now it appears simply updating the OS undoes the patch, leaving users vulnerable again. Wired reports that those who had not yet upgraded their operating system from the original version of High Sierra, 10.13.0, to the most recent version, 10.13.1, but had downloaded the patch, say the “root” bug reappears when they install the most recent macOS system update. This means users may believe they are protected but they are not. Worse, if users do re-install the patch (or if it is eventually re-installed automatically) it is not activated until a reboot (which for laptop users may be weeks to months) and the app offers no prompt to ensure users do a reboot after its application...Follow this discussion on OUR FORUM.
 
The Galaxy X foldable phone PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 December 2017 23:22
samsung foldable phoneWe’ve known for a while now that Samsung is looking to beat rivals to market with a smartphone sporting a foldable display. ZTE already has one such model so Samsung won’t be able to claim it was the first. A new report repeats what we’ve heard before, that the Galaxy X handset will be unveiled at some point next year without providing an actual launch date. According to Business Korea, Samsung should stick to its recently confirmed plans, and launch the Galaxy X next year. “We aim to launch a foldable smartphone next year,” Samsung’s mobile division chief DJ Koh said in September. The report notes that the Galaxy X will likely have a foldable panel with a curvature of 1.0R. That means the panel can be folded inwards like paper, Business Korea says. It’s unclear what this display is made of. The dominant opinion is that a plastic material will be used. Samsung is expected to use a method to process the display junctions separately so that the panel is slim and flexible. The report also notes that Samsung is eager to beat Apple to market with a foldable smartphone, especially considering the increased chatter that Apple is developing a foldable iPhone together with LG Display...For more, you need to visit OUR FORUM.
 
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