Critical Oracle Patches released

Oracle has released a swathe of security updates culminating in a massive 104 new security fixes for products including Java, Fusion Middleware, and MySQL.

HD Manufacturer LaCie Admits Yearlong Data Breach

The announcement warns that anyone who purchased an external hard drive or any form of LaCie hardware off of the company’s website during that time period may have had their data stolen.

Microsoft confirms it’s dropping Windows 8.1 support

Microsoft TechNet blog makes clear that Windows 8.1 will not be patched; users must get Windows 8.1 Update if they want security patches

First sites admit data loss through Heartbleed attacks

Canada’s tax authority and a popular British parenting website both lost user data after attackers exploited the Heartbleed SSL vulnerability, they said Monday.

Reverse Heartbleed Testing

Client using the vulnerable version of OpenSSL are subject to information leakage.  Most browsers are unaffected.

Adobe Patches Flash Player

All users should upgrade, details at Adobe.

April 2014 Patch Tuesday

Microsoft has released a smaller amount of patches this month, two of them critical (office/IE).

Windows XP support has ended

Any flaws discovered from now on—and it’s inevitable that some will be discovered—will never be publicly patched.

OpenSSL Vulnerability “HeartBleed”

The Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software. This compromises the secret keys used to identify the service providers and to encrypt the traffic, the names and passwords of the users and the actual content.  You can check your own sites.   UTC does not appear to be vulnerable.

Graphene battery research by Samsung experiences breakthrough in manufacturing process

However, the reason we haven’t seen devices using graphene yet is due to difficulties in the implementation of the delicate processes involved in building graphene layers on a large manufacturing scale.