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New exploit renders Android phones mute and useless

New exploit renders Android phones mute and useless

Another day, another critical Android vulnerability. This time, it might be slightly less serious than Stagefright but still enough to be worrisome. Popular security Trend Mirco came upon this vulnerability in Android's mediaserver component that, when given a malformed MKV media file, could render the device unresponsive and completely silent, practically locking out the user from his or her device. The one slight good news is that this exploit requires installing a malicious app or visiting a suspicious website, which, sadly, isn't that hard to get users to do.

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iPhone bug has Siri calling emergency services if asked to charge battery

iPhone bug has Siri calling emergency services if asked to charge battery

Apple's voice assistant Siri does a lot of things iPhone users ask her to do; maybe not always perfectly, but at least their somewhat related to the request. However, it has recently been discovered that asking the device to charge the battery triggers the software to start calling emergency services. It's not clear if this is a bug — though most likely it is — or exactly why this happens. Perhaps part of an unannounced security feature? Either way, it's something to aware of, and avoid if possible.

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iPhones on T-Mobile getting hit with blue screen of death, crashes

iPhones on T-Mobile getting hit with blue screen of death, crashes

If you have an iPhone and T-Mobile is your carrier of choice, there's a growing issue that you should be aware of. It seems an increasing number of users are finding their device affected crashes and restarts, plus a return of the Windows error of old in the form of a "blue screen of death." Judging by reports of the issue, it seems to have started only in the last 24 hours or so. Again, this isn't affecting all iPhones, only those on T-Mobile as of now.

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US Navy caught soliciting for 0-day security bugs

US Navy caught soliciting for 0-day security bugs

The US government seems to really have a thing about backdoors, which doesn't sound good whether or not you have an overactive mind. It is almost understandable that the CIA and the NSA and the FBI would want such kind of access to software, but now even the Navy seems to be in on the scheme. Advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation or EFF discovered that the Navy posted, and later took down, an online solication that, in essence, was trying to buy zero or N day security bugs from widely used software.

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Apple’s iOS 8.4 Beta 4 fixes Messages-crashing bug

Apple’s iOS 8.4 Beta 4 fixes Messages-crashing bug

If you've been plagued by the iOS text messaging bug that causes the Messages app to crash when receiving a string of specific characters (seen above), know that help is on the way. Apple released the fourth beta of iOS 8.4 to developers yesterday, and it appears to have a fix for the issue. Apple acknowledged the bug about two weeks ago, offering up temporary fixes to get around the app crashing, but said a permanent solution is on the way. It seems iOS 8.4 will be that solution, which is due to be released before June 30th.

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Be wary of pop-ups in iOS Mail, bug leads to phishing attacks

Be wary of pop-ups in iOS Mail, bug leads to phishing attacks

Hacking and phishing are ever-evolving cat and mouse games. As soon as one attack method is quashed, another leaps to fill its place. A new type of phishing attack has been brought to attention and iOS users should take heed. This specific phishing attack launches a pop-up window when a user is checking his iOS mail. The pop-up appears to be genuine, asking to verify iCloud login information.

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iOS envy? Skype message bug sends it into endless crash loop

iOS envy? Skype message bug sends it into endless crash loop

iPhone users need not feel alone anymore. A new bug affecting Skype was just discovered that also crashed the app once a specific string has been received. And no, it isn't even something as exotic as a string of Unicode characters. A very simple "http://:" message, without the quotes, is enough to bring down the Skype app on multiple platforms, including desktops. What's worse, however, is that once that happens, the app crashes repeatedly even when just starting it, rendering the app utterly unusable until a fix is issued.

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iOS messages bug also affecting Twitter, Snapchat apps

iOS messages bug also affecting Twitter, Snapchat apps

That recently discovered iOS text messaging bug that may be wreaking havoc on your iPhone (it probably isn't) is also able to crash apps and reboot your phone via the Twitter and Snapchat apps. When an iOS device receives a text message with the string of characters seen above — a mix of Arabic, Marathi, and Chinese — it causes the Messages app to crash and sometimes causes your device to reboot. There's no permanent damage done, and Apple has already outlined a temporary fix, but it's now become apparent the bug can be triggered by other apps.

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Apple details temporary fix for Messages crash bug, patch on the way

Apple details temporary fix for Messages crash bug, patch on the way

Earlier this week a bug was discovered in Apple's iOS that would cause the Messages app to crash and possibly make the iPhone reboot if a text was received containing a specific string of characters. The bug isn't necessarily dangerous, as it can't do any permanent damage to an iPhone or other iOS device, but Apple has updated its Support page, offering a few steps users can go through to temporarily fix the crashing app, as well as state that a future software update will have a permanent solution.

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Synology owners update! Major Photo Station flaws patched

Synology owners update! Major Photo Station flaws patched

Bugs and security holes in software aren't exactly unusual, but there are times when they become so severe that they warrant special attention, immediate fixes, and fast rollouts. That is apparently the case here with Synology's NAS boxes, which was recently discovered to have a critical security flaw related to its photo and blogging features that could practically hand hackers a key to the data contained in those boxes. Synology has patched up those holes last week and the strongly recommended updates are rolling out to users now.

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