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Incomplete Microsoft Patch Left Machines Exposed To Stuxnet LNK Vulnerability

Slashdot - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 8:04pm
msm1267 writes: A five-year-old Microsoft patch for the .LNK vulnerability exploited by Stuxnet failed to properly protect Windows machines, leaving them exposed to exploits since 2010. Microsoft today is expected to release a security bulletin, MS15-020, patching the vulnerability (CVE-2015-0096). It is unknown whether there have been public exploits of patched machines. The original LNK patch was released Aug. 2, 2010. "That patch didn't completely address the .LNK issue in the Windows shell, and there were weaknesses left behind that have been resolved in this patch," said Brian Gorenc, manager of vulnerability research with HP's Zero Day Initiative. Gorenc said the vulnerability works on Windows machines going back to Windows XP through Windows 8.1, and the proof of concept exploit developed by Heerklotz and tweaked by ZDI evades the validation checks put in place by the original Microsoft security bulletin, CVE-2010-2568.

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Diablo & Netlist flash DIMM fight moves to trial by jury

El Reg - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 8:02pm
We've tried jaw-jaw, now let's war-war

The world of developing server storage flash DIMMs is holding its breath – with settlement talks having failed, Netlist’s legal action against SanDisk’s technology source, Diablo Technologies, has moved to trial by jury.…

UK ISPs Quietly Block Sites That List Pirate Bay Proxies

Slashdot - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 7:22pm
An anonymous reader tips news that six ISPs in the UK are now blocking sites that simply link to proxies for The Pirate Bay. This follows efforts from copyright holders to block access to the proxy sites themselves — which they've done to limited success through orders from the UK's High Court. [R]estricting access to proxies did not provide a silver bullet either as new ones continue to appear. This week the blocking efforts were stepped up a notch and are now targeting sites that merely provide an overview of various Pirate Bay proxies. ... One of the other blocked sites, piratebayproxy.co.uk, doesn’t have any direct links to infringing material. Instead, it provides an overview of short Pirate Bay news articles while listing the URLs of various proxies on the side. Apparently, providing information about Pirate Bay proxies already warrants a spot on the UK blocklist. ... It is not a secret that the High Court orders give copyright holders the option to continually update the list of infringing domains. However, it’s questionable whether this should also include sites that do not link to any infringing material.

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Intel gives Facebook the D – Xeons thrust web pages at the masses

El Reg - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 7:15pm
System designs and software libraries published

Open Compute Summit  Facebook is using Intel's Xeon D processors to build stacks of web servers for the 1.39 billion people who visit the social network every month.…

Whoa, bro – it's all go for cool crow X-IO's AFA show

El Reg - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 7:01pm
No spin, man: ISE 800 is platter-free

X-IO's five-year warranty, maintenance-free sealed disk and disk+flash arrays have a new brother: the all-flash ISE. It’s sprinted right to the top of the SPC-1 price/performance benchmark charts.…

Scientists Insert a Synthetic Memory Into the Brain of a Sleeping Mouse

Slashdot - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 6:42pm
the_newsbeagle writes: Scientists are learning how to insert fake memories into the brain via precise electrical stimulation (abstract). In the latest experiment, they gave sleeping mice a synthetic memory that linked a particular location in a test chamber to a pleasurable sensation. (At least they gave the mice a nice memory.) The researchers first recorded the electrical signals from the mice's brains while the mice were awake and exploring the test chamber, until the researchers identified patterns of activity associated with a certain location. Then, when the mice slept, the researchers watched for those neural patterns to be replayed, indicating that the mice were consolidating the memory of that location. At that moment, they zapped a reward center of the mice's brains. When the mice awoke and went back into the chamber, they hung around that reward-associated location, presumably expecting a dose of feel-good.

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White House taxes Silicon Valley to skill-up American workers

El Reg - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 6:34pm
You want foreign workers? Cough up

President Obama will charge Silicon Valley a "user fee" to import more foreign workers and use the money to train up under-qualified Americans for jobs in the tech sector.…

HP battles back against white-box with Foxconn-built Cloudline servers

El Reg - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 6:17pm
Rack-scale hardware at rock-bottom pricing

Open Compute Summit  HP has made its bid for relevance in the modern data center with a new line of servers aimed at "rack scale" and "cloud scale" deployments.…

Price slashed on <i>Reg</i>-branded Swiss Army Knife

El Reg - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 5:58pm
Now just £15.99 at Cash'n'Carrion

We're pleased to announce that Vulture Central's merchandising tentacle Cash'n'Carrion has slashed the price of our handsome Reg-branded Swiss Army Knife from £19.99 to £15.99.…

this copy of windows not genuine vista build 6002

Windows Genuine Disadvantage [Vista] - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 5:57pm

Here is the diagnostic report that I got:

Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
-----------------------------------------
Windows Validation Data-->
Validation Status: Invalid License
Validation Code: 50
Cached Online Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004f012
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-27HYQ-XTKW2-WQD8Q
Windows Product Key Hash: U8YEZzymoD4DMyaMb32rPrNIS90=
Windows Product ID: 89578-OEM-7332157-00061
Windows Product ID Type: 2
Windows License Type: OEM SLP
Windows OS version: 6.0.6002.2.00010300.2.0.003
ID: {FFADEC4A-A4B3-4ECF-8555-09ABA1E1B78E}(3)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium
Architecture: 0x00000000
Build lab: 6002.vistasp2_gdr.130707-1535
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A

Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: 6.0.6002.16398

Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: 2.0.48.0
OGAExec.exe Signed By: Microsoft
OGAAddin.dll Signed By: Microsoft

OGA Data-->
Office Status: 100 Genuine
Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 - 100 Genuine
OGA Version: Registered, 2.0.48.0
Signed By: Microsoft
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Browser Data-->
Proxy settings: N/A
User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Win32)
Default Browser: C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
Download signed ActiveX controls: Prompt
Download unsigned ActiveX controls: Disabled
Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins: Allowed
Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe: Disabled
Allow scripting of Internet Explorer Webbrowser control: Disabled
Active scripting: Allowed
Script ActiveX controls marked as safe for scripting: Allowed

File Scan Data-->

Other data-->
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Spsys.log Content: 0x80070002

Licensing Data-->
Software licensing service version: 6.0.6002.18005
Name: Windows(TM) Vista, HomePremium edition
Description: Windows Operating System - Vista, OEM_SLP channel
Activation ID: bffdc375-bbd5-499d-8ef1-4f37b61c895f
Application ID: 55c92734-d682-4d71-983e-d6ec3f16059f
Extended PID: 89578-00146-321-500061-02-1033-6001.0000-1122008
Installation ID: 006182400843688024535702558462043843873752733265414795
Processor Certificate URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=43473
Machine Certificate URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=43474
Use License URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=43476
Product Key Certificate URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=43475
Partial Product Key: WQD8Q
License Status: Notification
Notification Reason: 0xC004F059.

Windows Activation Technologies-->
N/A

HWID Data-->
HWID Hash Current: PAAAAAEABwABAAEAAQABAAAAAwABAAEAeqjMBGDudhu84yC+gASIzAaYmGBer0Qs8vSm1bD2ao+sVniq

OEM Activation 1.0 Data-->
N/A

OEM Activation 2.0 Data-->
BIOS valid for OA 2.0: no, invalid SLIC table
Windows marker version: N/A
OEMID and OEMTableID Consistent: N/A
BIOS Information:
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  APIC   PTLTD     APIC 
  FACP   NVIDIA  MCP67-M
  SRAT   AMD     HAMMER 
  HPET   PTLTD   HPETTBL
  BOOT   PTLTD   $SBFTBL$
  MCFG   PTLTD     MCFG 
  TCPA   Phoeni  x     
  SSDT   PTLTD   POWERNOW
  SLIC   HPQOEM  SLIC-MPC

Ask Slashdot: Video Storage For Time Capsule?

Slashdot - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 5:52pm
New submitter dwywit, anticipating World Backup Day, writes I've been asked to film this year's ANZAC services in my town. This is a big one, as it's the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign, and dear to our hearts here in Oz. The organisers have asked me to provide a camera-to-projector setup for remote viewing (they're expecting big crowds this year), and a recording of the parade and various services throughout the morning. Copies will go to the local and state library as a record of the day, but they would also like a copy to go into a time capsule. I have two issues to solve: 1. a storage medium capable of lasting 50 or 100 years and still be readable, and 2. a wrapper/codec that will be available and usable when the capsule is opened. I have the feeling that a conversion to film might be the only way to satisfy both requirements — it's easy enough to build a projector, or even re-scan the images for viewing. Has anyone got a viable alternative? Cloud storage isn't an option — this is going underground in a stainless steel container. See also this similar question from 2008; how have the options changed in the meantime?

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Vista shows not Genuine, MGA tool says valid

Windows Genuine Disadvantage [Vista] - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 5:28pm

Here is the MGA tool response:

Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
-----------------------------------------
Windows Validation Data-->
Validation Status: Genuine
Validation Code: 0
Cached Online Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004f012
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-27HYQ-XTKW2-WQD8Q
Windows Product Key Hash: U8YEZzymoD4DMyaMb32rPrNIS90=
Windows Product ID: 89578-OEM-7332157-00061
Windows Product ID Type: 2
Windows License Type: OEM SLP
Windows OS version: 6.0.6002.2.00010300.2.0.003
ID: {46AB111A-D314-49EE-AD9B-4B7F31F568EA}(1)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium
Architecture: 0x00000000
Build lab: 6002.vistasp2_gdr.130707-1535
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A

Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: 6.0.6002.16398

Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: 2.0.48.0
OGAExec.exe Signed By: Microsoft
OGAAddin.dll Signed By: Microsoft

OGA Data-->
Office Status: 100 Genuine
Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003 - 100 Genuine
Microsoft Office Professional 2007 - 100 Genuine
OGA Version: Registered, 2.0.48.0
Signed By: Microsoft
Office Diagnostics: B4D0AA8B-604-645_025D1FF3-364-80041010_025D1FF3-229-80041010_025D1FF3-230-1_025D1FF3-517-80040154_025D1FF3-237-80040154_025D1FF3-238-2_025D1FF3-244-80070002_025D1FF3-258-3_E2AD56EA-765-d003_E2AD56EA-766-0_E2AD56EA-134-80004005_E2AD56EA-765-b01a_E2AD56EA-766-0_E2AD56EA-148-80004005_16E0B333-89-80004005_B4D0AA8B-1029-80004005_E2AD56EA-765-d003_E2AD56EA-766-0_E2AD56EA-134-80004005_E2

Browser Data-->
Proxy settings: N/A
User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Win32)
Default Browser: C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
Download signed ActiveX controls: Prompt
Download unsigned ActiveX controls: Disabled
Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins: Allowed
Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe: Disabled
Allow scripting of Internet Explorer Webbrowser control: Disabled
Active scripting: Allowed
Script ActiveX controls marked as safe for scripting: Allowed

File Scan Data-->

Other data-->
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Spsys.log Content: 0x80070002

Licensing Data-->
Software licensing service version: 6.0.6002.18005
Name: Windows(TM) Vista, HomePremium edition
Description: Windows Operating System - Vista, OEM_SLP channel
Activation ID: bffdc375-bbd5-499d-8ef1-4f37b61c895f
Application ID: 55c92734-d682-4d71-983e-d6ec3f16059f
Extended PID: 89578-00146-321-500061-02-1033-6001.0000-0172009
Installation ID: 007952462522538983727555262462304493621821905551004303
Processor Certificate URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=43473
Machine Certificate URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=43474
Use License URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=43476
Product Key Certificate URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=43475
Partial Product Key: WQD8Q
License Status: Licensed

Windows Activation Technologies-->
N/A

HWID Data-->
HWID Hash Current: OgAAAAEAAwABAAIAAQADAAAAAwABAAEAeqgQMdac1pEQtpIAOOlMjs5w8vRm427WFfGCMKxWVNXI9A==

OEM Activation 1.0 Data-->
N/A

OEM Activation 2.0 Data-->
BIOS valid for OA 2.0: yes
Windows marker version: 0x20000
OEMID and OEMTableID Consistent: yes
BIOS Information:
  ACPI Table Name    OEMID Value    OEMTableID Value
  APIC            HPQOEM        SLIC-CPC
  FACP            HPQOEM        SLIC-CPC
  HPET            HPQOEM        SLIC-CPC
  MCFG            HPQOEM        SLIC-CPC
  SLIC            HPQOEM        SLIC-CPC
  SSDT            HPQOEM        SLIC-CPC

CIA Tried To Crack Security of Apple Devices

Slashdot - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 5:10pm
According to a story at The Guardian passed on by an anonymous reader, The CIA led sophisticated intelligence agency efforts to undermine the encryption used in Apple phones, as well as insert secret surveillance back doors into apps, top-secret documents published by the Intercept online news site have revealed. he newly disclosed documents from the National Security Agency's internal systems show surveillance methods were presented at its secret annual conference, known as the "jamboree."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Android 5.1 Lollipop adds dual-SIM support, HD calling and improved security

L'Inq - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 5:08pm

But few are licking the lolly


HP scores ex-NetApp exec to replace Mr 3PAR

El Reg - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 4:55pm
Scores, er, Goel to head up storage ops

+Comment  HP is appointing Manish Goel to head up its storage operation as a replacement for the departing David Scott.…

Ping-pong sueballs: Bankruptcy dogs LightSquared's chances

El Reg - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 4:34pm
Firm struggles to avoid skewering by fork of Dish Network's Ergen

Stricken US mobe network LightSquared is wriggling for survival in Chapter 11 bankruptcy.…

HP unveils Cloudline servers and service packages for cloud service providers

L'Inq - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 4:33pm

Helps businesses grow services and invest in new technology


Ginny offers tonic to troubled IBM investors promising it's on the right path

L'Inq - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 3:58pm

IBM chief denies being up a minor tributary with no means of manual propulsion


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