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Month: January 2018

LibreOffice 6.0 Open-Source Office Suite Officially Released, Here’s What’s New

The Document Foundation project announced today the release and general availability of the LibreOffice 6.0 open-source office suite for all supported platforms, including Linux, Android, Mac, and Windows. Numerous months in the making, LibreOffice 6.0 comes two and a half years after the LibreOffice 5.x series, and it’s the biggest release of the open-source and cross-platform office suite so far. It introduces a revamped design with new table styles, improved Notebookbars, new gradients, new Elementary icons, menu and toolbar improvements, and updated motif/splash screen. LibreOffice 6.0 offers superior interoperability with Microsoft Office documents and compatibility with the EPUB3 format...

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This Security Shit’s Hard and It Ain’t Gonna Get Any Easier

Posted under: Research and Analysis In case you couldn’t tell from the title, this line is your official EXPLICIT tag. We writers sometimes need the full spectrum of language to make a point. Yesterday Microsoft released a patch to roll back a patch that fixed the slightly-unpatchable Intel hardware bug because the patch causes reboots and potential data loss. Specifically, Intel’s Spectre 2 variant microcode patch is buggy. Just when we were getting a decent handle on endpoint security with well secured operating systems and six-figure-plus bug bounties, this shit happened. Plus, we probably can’t ever fully trust our silicone or operating systems in the first place. Information security is hard. Information security is wonderful. Working in security is magical… if you have the proper state of mind. I decided this year would be a good one for my mid-life crisis before I miss the boat and feel left out. The problem is that my life is ac...

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Major security flaw in Lenovo’s ThinkPad Manager allows hackers access into your laptop

A critical encryption vulnerability in Lenovo’s ThinkPad Manager Pro software exposes laptops running Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 could allow hackers access into a user’s computer by bypassing fingerprint recognition, the company confirmed last week in a security advisory. “A vulnerability has been identified in Lenovo Fingerprint Manager Pro. Sensitive data stored by Lenovo Fingerprint […]...

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Three Dutch banks and Tax Agency under DDoS Attacks … is it a Russian job?

Three Dutch Banks (ABN AMRO, ING Bank, Rabobank) and Tax Agency were targeted by a coordinated DDoS Attacks a few days the revelation of the Russian APT Hack. Early this week a massive DDoS attack targeted three Dutch banks, ABN AMRO, ING Bank, Rabobank, and the Dutch Taxation Authority (Belastingdienst). The attack against the system of ABN AMRO started over the weekend, while […] The post Three Dutch banks and Tax Agency under DDoS Attacks … is it a Russian job? appeared first on Security Affairs....

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California Senate Rejects License Plate Privacy Shield Bill

The California Senate has rejected a bill to allow drivers to protect their privacy by applying shields to their license plates when parked. The simple amendment to state law would have served as a countermeasure against automated license plate readers (ALPRs) that use plates to mine our location data. As is the case with many privacy bills, S.B. 712 had received strong bipartisan support since it was first introduced in early 2017. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Joel Anderson, a prominent conservative Republican from Southern California, and received aye votes from Sens. Nancy Skinner and Scott Wiener, both...

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Millennials, careless with passwords, spur shift to biometrics – study

A survey of 4,000 adults from the US, the Asia Pacific (APAC) and Europe indicates a new trend is afoot concerning authentication – particularly in the steps consumers take to safeguard their digital lives. Examining consumer perspectives around digital identity and authentication, IBM Security found that people are beginning to prioritize security over convenience when […]...

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Defense in depth — the Microsoft way (part 49): fun with application manifests

Posted by Stefan Kanthak on Jan 30Hi @ll, Microsoft built several bugs^W^Wfollowing features into the processing of (external) application manifests, i.e. XML files named <program>.exe.manifest which can accompany any portable executable <program>.exe JFTR: the file extension ".exe" is only used per convention; CreateProcess() and Windows module loader execute portable executables independent of their file extension. Feature #1: ~~~~~~~~~~~…...

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