Spectre, Meltdown: Critical CPU Security Flaws Explained

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The security flaws everyone’s been rushing to patch have names now: Meltdown and Spectre. There’s good reason everyone’s been rushing to patch things.

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The original article can be found here: https://www.extremetech.com/computing/261439-spectre-meltdown-new-critical-security-flaws-explored-explained?source=Computing

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Microsoft Issues Surprise Windows XP Patch to Protect From State-Sponsored Hackers

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The company has just released another patch for the aged OS, more than three years after ending support. It turns out unpatched Windows XP is a target of state-sponsored hackers.

The post Microsoft Issues Surprise Windows XP Patch to Protect From State-Sponsored Hackers appeared first on ExtremeTech.

The original article can be found here: https://www.extremetech.com/computing/250864-microsoft-issues-surprise-windows-xp-patch-protect-state-sponsored-hackers?source=Computing

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Microsoft’s latest Windows update breaks multi-monitor gaming

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Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 patch breaks multi-monitor gaming and the current workarounds are inadequate. How about using that telemetry data to flag users who shouldn’t install a given update, instead of making them all mandatory?

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The original article can be found here: https://www.extremetech.com/computing/242537-microsofts-latest-windows-update-breaks-multi-monitor-gaming?source=Computing

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Apple fixes Safari bug that distorted Consumer Reports battery life tests

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Consumer Reports’ MacBook Pro tests uncovered an unusual bug, which Apple will patch in an upcoming version of macOS — but it’s not clear that the bug in question relates to generally low battery life that many MacBook Pro users have reported.

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The original article can be found here: https://www.extremetech.com/computing/242481-apple-fixes-safari-bug-distorted-consumer-reports-battery-life-tests?source=computing

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Microsoft faces French fines over Windows 10 data collection

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The French have warned Microsoft to patch up its telemetry and data-gathering practices within three months or start paying fines. Many of the issues highlighted are problems US users have complained about, but it’s not clear what Microsoft intends to change.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/232178-microsoft-faces-french-fines-over-windows-10-data-collection

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Adobe Issues Emergency Patch to Head Off Flash Ransomware Attacks


Adobe last week issued an emergency security patch to fix a vulnerability in Flash that could leave users vulnerable to a ransomware attack. The vulnerability exists in Adobe Flash Player 21.0.0.197 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Chrome operating systems. It can cause a crash and leave the computer vulnerable to attackers, the company. It’s aware of reports that CVE 2016-1019 has been exploited on systems running Windows 10 and earlier with Flash version 20.0.0.306 and earlier, Adobe said.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/83348.html?rss=1

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New IE11 update may sneak Windows 10 ‘upgrade’ options into security patch

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Microsoft released a patch for Internet Explorer 11 that blends security updates with a push towards Windows 10, at least in theory — but while doing so is bad practice in general, it’s not clear what impact this update actually had.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/224420-new-ie11-update-may-sneak-windows-10-upgrade-options-into-security-patch

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Lifting the veil: Microsoft now publishing Windows 10 patch notes

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Eight months after it declared it would no longer release patch notes for Windows 10, Microsoft has kept its promise and reversed course. The first set of patch notes may be a bit sparse, but it’s far better than nothing.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/222743-lifting-the-veil-microsoft-now-publishing-windows-10-patch-notes

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Microsoft now considering Windows 10 patch notes — but only for enterprise customers

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Microsoft is considering adding patch notes for its operating system, but only for enterprise customers.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/213215-microsoft-now-considering-windows-10-patch-notes-but-only-for-enterprise-customers

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Google's initial Android Stagefright patch inadequate, forced to issue second fix

The first software patch designed to mitigate the high-profile Stagefright vulnerability in Google’s Android mobile operating system was insufficient, one security researcher discovered, leading to the issuance of yet another update.

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Star Wars: KOTOR II gets first patch in a decade, adds Mac, Linux support

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KOTOR II just got its first patch in a decade, with 4K and 5K support, Linux and OS X gaming, and mod support via Steam Workshop. The Sith Lords Restored Content Mod is already available.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/gaming/210668-star-wars-kotor-ii-gets-first-patch-in-a-decade-adds-mac-linux-support

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Mozilla disables new Firefox features to address critical security flaw

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Mozilla has updated Firefox to patch a critical vulnerability, but was forced to disable one of the browser’s new security-enhancing features as a result.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/202809-mozilla-disables-new-firefox-features-to-address-critical-security-flaw

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Windows PCs vulnerable to Stuxnet attack — five years after patch

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A new security patch update from Microsoft closes security holes that the company left five years ago from Stuxnet. We’ve all been insecure this entire time.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/200898-windows-pcs-vulnerable-to-stuxnet-attack-five-years-after-patches

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