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Baby Monitors Riddled With Security Holes - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Rapid7 has released a report on an assortment of new vulnerabilities found in baby monitors: predictable information leaks; backdoor credentials; reflective, stored XSS; direct browsing; authentication bypass; and privilege escalation. "Many of the issues would allow video and audio from the device to be viewed by an attacker," said Mark Stanislav, senior security consultant at Rapid7.

Xbox One Elite Bundle Conquers Space - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Microsoft on Monday unveiled a new version of its Xbox One console. The Xbox One Elite Bundle includes the console, with a 1-TB drive that fuses the performance of flash memory with the economy of a hard disk, and a new Elite wireless controller. The controller is fully customizable, with interchangeable paddles, hair-trigger locks, and high-performance construction, the company said.

New App Marries Android Wear Smartwatch to iPhone - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Google has rolled out Android Wear for iOS, allowing consumers to pair the iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6 or 6 Plus running iOS 8.2 and above with an Android Wear watch. They'll be able to check phone calls, messages and notifications; track fitness; and use Google Now instead of Siri to get smart help from their iPhones. Using Google Now instead of Siri is "a cute touch," said ABI Research analyst Jeff Orr.

Qualcomm Sics Fire-Breathing Snapdragon on Android Hackers - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Qualcomm on Monday announced Snapdragon Smart Protect, a hardware-software product that could make the world a safer place for Android smartphone users. Snapdragon Smart Protect, which will become available with Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 820 processor, will provide real-time, on-device machine learning designed to support accurate and effective detection of zero-day malware threats.

Apple TV May Finally Grab the Spotlight - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

The next version of the Apple TV set-top box could be ready for prime time in October, priced at either $149 or $199, based on rumors circulating Monday. The current version goes for $99. With the higher price could come a seriously upgraded device: It will include support for Siri, a new touchscreen remote control, and a new and more intuitive interface.

New Android-x86 Release Peppered With Problems - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

The latest Android-x86 Project release takes us one step closer to using the Android OS on a desktop or laptop computer -- but the project suffers from stability and reliability issues. If you want one Linux-based OS to run on all of your devices, Android-x86 could become a viable alternative. The major advantage would be keeping all of your settings, apps and Google services on an equal footing.

How the Windows Phone Could Rise Up and Dominate - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Last week marked the 20th anniversary of the launch of Windows 95. What people often forget about Windows 95 is that it not only kicked Apple's butt, but also kicked IBM's -- and it wasn't even a complete product. The thing was an operating system. It's especially hard to imagine now that these things typically are downloaded from the Web, and there's no need to stand in line.

Gadget Ogling: Smart Bikes, Contactless Cards, and Roll-Up Keyboards - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

I never had much interest in riding a bicycle as a child, and although I now live in a tremendously bike-friendly city, I haven't found a way to learn without feeling like a total chump in public. Yet I am more interested than ever in leading a life on two wheels after discovering SmartHalo. This is a tool that attaches permanently to one's ride and turns it into a smart vehicle.

Come September, Apple TV Will Outshine the iPhone - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

About Apple's September event... Apple's annual September media event is an oxymoron -- it's become almost entirely predictable. One year it introduces a major new iPhone redesign and the next it offers incremental iPhone improvements. And make no mistake about it, despite last year's Apple Watch debut, at the core of the September event is the critically important iPhone.

Earthlings Flock to Facebook by the Billion - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday announced that for the first time more than a billion people had used the site on a single day. The counter hit the milestone earlier in the week, on Monday. Nearly 1.5 billion users log on at least once monthly, according to Facebook, but Monday marked the first time that more than two-thirds of its members used the network on the same day.

Weaponized Drones May Fly the Friendly Skies of North Dakota - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Police in North Dakota can use drones armed with what are optimistically called "nonlethal weapons," thanks to the passage of House Bill 1328, which Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed into law this spring. The new law gives police the authority in a roundabout way: Section 5 states a law enforcement agency may not authorize the use of an unmanned aerial vehicle armed with lethal weapons.

YouTube Opens Video Game Floodgates - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

It's alive! YouTube Gaming, a hub that's home to over 25,000 video game pages, on Wednesday began broadcasting live and on-demand streams, let's play videos and the like. The gaming hub is accessible on desktop PCs, and on Android and iOS devices. YouTube's new hub is likely to offer a serious challenge to Twitch, the video game streaming service Amazon bought last year.

Shadow IT Feeds 'Man in the Cloud' Attacks - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Shadow IT -- the use of unauthorized online services by company employees -- is a concern of cyberwarriors charged with defending business systems against network attacks. There's new evidence that those concerns are justified. A new attack vector on business systems leverages the synchronization features of services like Dropbox and Google Drive to perform malicious mischief.

No Joke, MultiFab Prints 10 Materials at Once - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, or CSAIL, this week presented a new MultiFab printer at SIGGRAPH, an annual computer graphics conference. For all of the promise 3D printing has offered, additive manufacturing techniques generally have been limited to one material at a time -- until now.

At 24, Linux Has Come Out of the Basement - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Happy Birthday, Linux Project -- this week you turned 24. The Linux OS has grown up everywhere. Its code and the open source model are found worldwide. People often use linux without knowing it -- when they search on Google, buy metro tickets or surf the Web. Linux travels worldwide on airplanes, and it's embedded in many of the smart devices that bring ultra convenience to our homes and cars.

Cortana Cozies Up to Android Users - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Microsoft has released a public beta of its Cortana personal assistant for Android. The Cortana app can do most of the things Cortana does on Windows: set and get reminders; search the Web on the go; track information such as flight details; and begin and complete tasks across all a user's devices. Cortana will find answers on the Web in response to spoken or typed requests.

Wii U to Become Pokken Tournament Playing Field - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Nintendo and The Pokemon Company last week announced that Pokken Tournament -- the Pokemon fighting game developed by Namco Bandai -- will expand from arcades in Japan to a worldwide launch on the Wii U in the spring of 2016. Instead of just issuing commands to use special attacks, players of the fighting game can direct the blows their Pokemon deliver.

Linux Foundation Wants to Pin a Badge on Secure Open Source Software - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

The Core Infrastructure Initiative last week announced a program that will offer badges to open software developers who follow best practice software development and security procedures. The CII project enables technology companies, industry stakeholders and software developers to collaborate on the identification and funding of critical open source projects in need of assistance.

20 Years Later, Windows 95 Launch Brings Tears of Nostalgia - and Hilarity - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Twenty years ago Monday, Bill Gates officially released Windows 95, ushering in a new era. The OS featured a graphical user interface, along with a task bar and multitasking support, and it introduced the now-iconic Start button to launch applications. Those Windows 95 features made using a PC a whole lot easier. The launch also was notable for turning a software release into a major media event.

Intel: Putting Innovation Back in the Hands of the Innovators - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

We are living in an amazing time, but many of us seem to take it for granted. We have private spaceships. Self-driving cars are on the road, even though we can't buy them yet, and there are plans for a 12-mile-high inflatable building. Granted, a number of us are convinced it will end up looking like a giant version of the inflatable fan blown stick man often seen outside of car dealerships.

Security Alerts


Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) Releases Security Updates for BIND - Posted on Wednesday September 02, 2015

Original release date: September 02, 2015

ISC has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in BIND. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to cause a denial-of-service condition.

Available updates include:

  • BIND 9 version 9.9.7-P3
  • BIND 9 version 9.10.2-P4

Users and administrators are encouraged to review ISC Knowledge Base Articles AA-01291 and AA-01287 and apply the necessary updates.


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Google Releases Security Update for Chrome - Posted on Tuesday September 01, 2015

Original release date: September 01, 2015

Google has released Chrome version 45.0.2454.85 to address multiple vulnerabilities for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Exploitation of one of these vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to take control of an affected system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Chrome Releases page and apply the necessary update.


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Adobe Releases Security Update for ColdFusion - Posted on Friday August 28, 2015

Original release date: August 28, 2015

Adobe has released a security update for ColdFusion to address a vulnerability. Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information from an affected system.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the Adobe Security Bulletin APSB15-21 and apply the necessary update.


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Mozilla Releases Security Updates for Firefox - Posted on Thursday August 27, 2015

Original release date: August 27, 2015

The Mozilla Foundation has released security updates to address a critical vulnerability in Firefox and Firefox ESR. Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

Available updates include:

  • Firefox 40.0.3
  • Firefox ESR 38.2.1

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Security Advisories for Firefox and Firefox ESR and apply the necessary updates.


This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.


Apple Releases Security Update for QuickTime - Posted on Thursday August 20, 2015

Original release date: August 20, 2015

Apple has released a security update to address multiple vulnerabilities in QuickTime for Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Exploitation of one of these vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to take control of an affected system.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the Apple security update page for QuickTime 7.7.8 and apply the necessary update.


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Drupal Releases Security Updates - Posted on Wednesday August 19, 2015

Original release date: August 19, 2015

Drupal has released updates to address multiple vulnerabilities, one of which could allow an attacker with elevated permissions to inject malicious code.

Available updates include:

  • Drupal core 6.37 for 6.x users
  • Drupal core 7.39 for 7.x users

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review Drupal's Security Advisory and apply the necessary updates.


This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.


Microsoft Releases Critical Security Update for Internet Explorer - Posted on Wednesday August 19, 2015

Original release date: August 19, 2015

Microsoft has released a critical security update to address a vulnerability in Internet Explorer. Exploitation of this vulnerability could allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system if the user views a specially crafted webpage.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review Microsoft Bulletin MS15-093 for details and apply the necessary update.


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Adobe Releases Security Update for LiveCycle Data Services - Posted on Tuesday August 18, 2015

Original release date: August 18, 2015

Adobe has released a security update to address a vulnerability in LiveCycle Data Services versions 4.7, 4.6.2, 4.5, and 3.0.x. Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information from an affected system.

US-CERT recommends that users and administrators review Adobe Security Bulletin APSB15-20 and apply the necessary updates.


This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.


Apple Releases Security Updates for OS X Server, iOS, Safari, and Yosemite - Posted on Thursday August 13, 2015

Original release date: August 13, 2015

Apple has released security updates for OS X Server, iOS, Safari, and Yosemite to address multiple vulnerabilities. Exploitation of some of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

Available updates include:

  • iOS 8.4.1 for iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later
  • Safari 8.0.8 for OS X Yosemite v10.10.4
  • Safari 7.1.8 for OS X Mavericks v10.9.5
  • Safari 6.2.8 for OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5
  • OS X Server v4.1.5 for OS X Yosemite v10.10.5 or later
  • OS X Yosemite v10.10.5 and Security Update 2015-006 for OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5, OS X Mavericks v10.9.5, OS X Yosemite v10.10 to v10.10.4.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review Apple security updates for OS X Server, iOS, Safari, Yosemite, and Security Update 2015-006 and apply the necessary updates.


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Lenovo Service Engine (LSE) BIOS Vulnerability - Posted on Wednesday August 12, 2015

Original release date: August 12, 2015

Certain Lenovo personal computers contain a vulnerability in LSE (a Lenovo BIOS feature). Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the Lenovo Security Advisories for notebooks and desktops and apply the necessary updates and mitigations.


This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.


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