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AdBlockers for Your Dashboard

Future cars might display ads on the dashboard via an in-car advertising platform.

Microsoft Requires AntiVirus Vendors To Conform to New Rules or NO UPDATES.

The recent changes made to the Windows kernel by the patches for Meltdown and Spectre can cause Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) on a PC using 3rd party Anti Virus software.  AV vendors have to update their software (and set a registry entry) or that PC will no longer receive Windows Updates.

Western Digital My Cloud Hardcoded Credentials

Western Digital’s “My Cloud” network attached storage devices need to be updated to remove hard coded credentials (username and password).

MacOS High Sierra 10.13.2 Supplemental Update

They have also patched iOS.  This helps mitigate the recent Spectre flaw that affects Safari.

Everyone Releasing Patches for Meltdown CPU Flaw

Apple, Microsoft, Linux Distributions all have released patches for Meltdown.  Browser Opera, Chrome, Safari, Edge will also get patches for Spectre.

New CPU Flaws Get Cool Names: Meltdown and Spectre

These flaws affect most processors made in the last 20 years.  

Intel CPU Flaw Could Impact Performance

A flaw in Intel CPUs made during the last 10 years could cause a 5-30% performance impact when mitigated by software solutions added to the Windows and Linux kernels.  The kernel patches are required to increase security when accessing memory.  There’s NDAs and speculation, we should know more after Patch Tuesday of this month.

Older iPhones CPU Throttled Due To Battery Concerns

Apple has admitted to slowing the CPU of older phones to prevent unexpected shutdowns due to battery fatigue.

“Process Doppelgänging” vs Windows

A new technique to evade AntiVirus detection, based upon NTFS transactions, has been demonstrated at Black Hat Europe.

1.4 Billion Passwords Found on Dark Web

An IT Security company found 1.4 billion plain text (not encrypted) account passwords on the dark web (tor network), the largest password dump found.