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Google offers $200,000 for Android-busting exploit

September 19th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Google has just announced a big-money bug-chasing competition for Android – and this one is a contest with an interesting twist. Simply put, you do this: Choose one of Google’s official “over the air” Android 7 firmware releases for the Nexus 5X and 6P phones. Figure out a remotely exploitable sequence of bugs by which […]

Google Chrome fixes serious vulnerabilities, thanks to bug fighters

September 5th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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The latest Google Chrome browser update comes with 33 vulnerability patches, including 13 that are high-severity. It’s all thanks to community contributors and bug fighters who submitted fixes for Chrome’s bug bounty program. Many of the vulnerabilities fixed in this release were part of the browser’s engine Blink, but some of the more high-severity discoveries […]

Android bug fear in 900 million phones

August 10th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Serious security flaws that could give attackers complete access to a phone’s data have been found in software used on tens of millions of Android devices. The bugs were uncovered by Checkpoint researchers looking at software running on chipsets made by US firm Qualcomm. Qualcomm processors are found in about 900 million Android phones, the […]

Panic over! Apple fixes iPhone 6S lockscreen bug

April 7th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Lockscreens on mobile phones have become a poisoned chalice. The theory is simple: after a suitably brief interval (we recommend a maximum of two minutes, inconvenience notwithstanding), your phone locks. When you next try to use your phone, it pops up a special screen on which you need to put in a secret passcode or […]

Fixed bug of the week: Who saw your private Instagram messages?

February 17th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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We live in a world where app developers are rolling out new features non-stop, constantly. (“Software is eating the world” and all that.) Notwithstanding all the fancy new devops and agile processes out there, when you’re in a huge hurry, sometimes security flaws squeeze through unnoticed. That’s what happened to Instagram last week. Its Android […]

Glibc: Mega bug may hit thousands of devices

February 17th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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A major computer security vulnerability has been discovered – with experts cautiously warning it could potentially affect hundreds of thousands of devices, apps and services. However, due to the nature of the bug, it is extremely difficult to know how serious the problem is. “Many people are running around right now trying to work out […]

Critical Java bug found in PayPal servers

January 27th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Up until last month, PayPal’s servers had been vulnerable to a critical type of bug that security researchers have known about for years but have assumed – incorrectly – was theoretical and too hard to exploit. It’s called a Java deserialization vulnerability, and to understand what it means, it helps to understand how apps securely […]

Update your iPhone to stop free Wi-Fi networks stealing your logins!

January 21st, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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If you’re an Apple user, you should have been notified of the latest updates to iOS and OS X. Official updates are available for the most recent three OS X versions via the App Store or as standalone installers: OS X 10.11.3 El Capitan. (Upgrade from 10.11.2 only.) OS X 10.11.3 El Capitan Combo. (Upgrade […]

XSS bug in Yahoo Mail could have let attackers take over email accounts

January 21st, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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One minute, your Yahoo account is nice and calm. And it utterly lacks a signature. Then out of the blue, you get a mysterious message in your inbox, and all hell breaks loose. You open it, and you find that somebody – or something – has enabled the email signature, entered some wacky text about something […]

eBay XSS bug left users vulnerable to (almost) undetectable phishing attacks

January 13th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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It’s the same old familiar, cheery red-blue-yellow-green sans serif logo at the top of an eBay login page that we know so well. The URL even starts with ebay.com. But if you were to input your email and eBay password, it would have returned an error message, while your login information could have been harvested […]

Google fixes another “Stagefright” type bug in Android mediaserver

January 6th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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If you have an Android, keep an eye out for updates from your vendor or carrier – there are some critical security patches out. Google has fixed 12 vulnerabilities affecting Android versions 4.4.4 through 6.0.1, including five rated as “critical” – the designation for the worst kind of security bug. The most serious vulnerability in this batch is a remote […]

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