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Slippery Windows Updates' SOAP bubbles up SYSTEM priveleges

El Reg - Fri, 07/08/2015 - 4:56am
Vexed hackers find win in PsExec, man-in-the-middle

Blackhat 2015:  Microsoft has bungled Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), according to hackers Paul Stone and Alex Chapman, with insecure defaults that let them hijack OS updates.…

Twilight of the Bomb

Slashdot - Fri, 07/08/2015 - 4:30am
merbs writes: On the 70th anniversary of the first nuclear bomb, Motherboard's Brian Merchant toured its crater with one of the last living Manhattan Project scientists. Here's the inside story of the road to the bomb, with the 90-year-old Murray Peshkin—the youngest man to work on the Project that built the bomb, and the first to set foot in its crater. From the story: "There are still nine nuclear nations that, between them, have stockpiled 16,300 weapons. And this network of decades-old nuclear armaments, some of which are still aimed at various strategic choke points around the globe, leaves civilizational scale death-becoming a technical possibility. Before all that, though, the atom bomb was one of the most successful science experiments of all time. It was the product of billions of dollars in government spending, hundreds of the world’s top scientists working in concert, in secret, in a city built from scratch in the desert, and a bygone patriotism united by common, Manichean cause: stop Hitler, defeat the Japanese."

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AltArch SIG Announced For CentOS: Fun For ARM & More

Phoronix - Fri, 07/08/2015 - 4:14am
On Monday a message was sent out to the centos-announce mailing list bringing attention to the newly created AltArch Special Interest Group. The focus of the group is for the community to come together and support CentOS 7 on architectures other than x86_64-- architectures such as ARMv7, AArch64 (64-bit ARM), 32-bit x86...

Investors cheer as SGI loses LESS than expected

El Reg - Fri, 07/08/2015 - 3:58am
We've lost a lot of what it takes to get along

SGI has pleased financial markets by losing significantly less for Q4 2015 than prognosticators had seen in their crystal balls.…

An Epic View of the Moon In Earth's Orbital Embrace

Slashdot - Fri, 07/08/2015 - 3:01am
astroengine writes: As a suitably impressive follow-up to the new "blue marble" image of our world released in July, NASA shared a gorgeous animation created from pictures captured by NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) spacecraft positioned nearly a million miles (1.5 million km) away — over four times farther than the moon. In a series of images acquired between 3:50 and 8:45 p.m. EDT on July 16, 2015, the moon can be seen passing in front of a rotating Earth, the warm gray face of its far side framed by the swirling-cloud-covered blue water of the eastern Pacific Ocean. The north pole is at the 11 o'clock position, illustrating our planet's 23.5-degree axial tilt.

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Net config too SLOW for clouds, says Fujitsu

El Reg - Fri, 07/08/2015 - 2:56am
How to make virty networks keep pace with containers

When tens of seconds is too slow: Fujitsu is getting ready to launch a technology it says can create virtual networks for Linux containers in a second.…

Zimperium Releases Stagefright Detection Tool and Vulnerability Demo Video

Slashdot - Fri, 07/08/2015 - 2:03am
Mark Wilson writes: We've already looked at the Stagefright vulnerability, discovered by Zimperium, and shown what can be done to deal with it. Affecting up to 95 percent of Android devices, the vulnerability has led to Google and Samsung announcing monthly security updates. Now the mobile security company has released additional details about how the exploit works. To help explain the vulnerability, a video has been produced which uses a Stagefright demonstration to illustrate it in action. Zimperium has also released an Android app that checks devices for the vulnerability.

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Happy birthday! Rosetta starts second year around comet

El Reg - Fri, 07/08/2015 - 1:56am
Perihelion approaches on rendezvous anniversary

More than a decade after its launch, the spacecraft Rosetta reached Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and as it approaches perihelion with the Sun, the ESA is celebrating a year since Rosetta reached its target.…

Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS Released With New Kernel & X Stack

Phoronix - Fri, 07/08/2015 - 1:08am
Ubuntu 14.04.3 has been released today as the latest point release to this newest Long-Term Support stack handled by Canonical for Ubuntu Linux...

Imperva demos cloudy man-in-the-middle attack

El Reg - Fri, 07/08/2015 - 1:04am
Put down the club, you don't need to get a password

Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, and Box can be raided via a man-in-the-middle attack, without an attacker needing access to users' plaintext credentials, according to security bods at Imperva.…

Informatica goes private – with Microsoft and Salesforce each taking a share

El Reg - Fri, 07/08/2015 - 12:35am
$5.3bn deal sees data firm leaving Nasdaq

Data management outfit Informatica became a private company on Thursday, in a multibillion-dollar leveraged buyout that included investment from Microsoft and Salesforce.com's venture wing.…

Debian Wants To Tackle UEFI, But They Need Your Help

Phoronix - Thu, 06/08/2015 - 11:08pm
Over the weekend the Debian project put out a call, over Twitter, for UEFI horror stories as their developers begin to take a more serious look at Debian and UEFI, with the creation of a UEFI team...