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Microsoft starting to keep mum on Windows 10 updates

Microsoft starting to keep mum on Windows 10 updates

There was once a time when obscurity was the name of the security game, but that practice has widely fallen out of fashion after being proven to be ultimately ineffective. It seems, however, that Microsoft is doing its best to revive that tradition. Although it claims to be not doing anything differently, descriptions of its Windows 10 updates are becoming less and less descriptive. Worse, even the KB articles that supposedly give more in-depth information are now also less verbose, leading some to speculate what Microsoft is hiding.

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Microsoft: glitch preventing Windows 10 store downloads will be fixed soon

Microsoft: glitch preventing Windows 10 store downloads will be fixed soon

While Microsoft's much-anticipated (or dreaded, depending on your situation) rollout of Windows 10 has been fairly smooth for most users, this weekend a bug surfaced that prevented some from being able to download app updates from the Windows Store. Users that are affected say they haven't been able to sign into the store, preventing them from either downloading new apps or getting updates for apps they already have installed.

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Stagefright patches hitting Galaxy S5, Note 4, Note Edge on T-Mobile & Verizon

Stagefright patches hitting Galaxy S5, Note 4, Note Edge on T-Mobile & Verizon

While Google's Nexus devices have already been confirmed to be some of the first phones to get patched for the recent Android vulnerability Stagefright, other major devices, especially Samsung's flagships, are still at risk. While there's still no word on when the company's newest models, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will get updated, a number of their older phones are getting fixes today from carriers Verizon and T-Mobile, including the Galaxy S5, Note 4, and Note Edge.

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Certifi-gate uses Android remote support tools to cause harm

Certifi-gate uses Android remote support tools to cause harm

Just when you thought the nightmare might soon be over, another Android security vulnerability comes along to ruin your day. Fortunately, as scary as the name might sound, the Certifi-gate bug isn't as easy to catch, as it does require a certain number of factors to be in place. That said, given how users are quite prone to what is termed as "social engineering", or getting them to do things they shouldn't under normal circumstances, it might actually not be that hard to pull off.

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Windows 10’s forced updates are causing trouble already

Windows 10’s forced updates are causing trouble already

Color us surprised. One of Windows 10's most controversial features, or misfeature for some, seems to already be wrecking havoc for users not even a month after its launch. While the theory and the intent behind forcing updates may be understandable, even laudable in some aspect, its implementation definitely leaves much to be desired. One recent case practically gets Windows 10 stuck in an seemingly endless loop of trying to upgrade, failing, rebooting, and trying again, only to fail. Rinse and repeat, and you've got one very irate customer.

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Stagefright Detector App released for Android, warns if device is vulnerable

Stagefright Detector App released for Android, warns if device is vulnerable

With all the details coming out about Stagefright, the new Android vulnerability that could hijack your device, Android users are right to be concerned. While Google has released a patch, it's currently only available for Nexus devices. Almost everyone else is still at risk. Fortunately, the folks at Zimperium, the company that first discovered the Stagefright bug, have released the Stagefright Detector App to help keep users informed on whether their phone is still vulnerable.

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Stagefright might help fix one of Android’s biggest flaws

Stagefright might help fix one of Android’s biggest flaws

Last week, the Android world woke up to quite a scare. Imagine a vulnerability where you don't have to do anything at all. You just need to receive an MMS (multimedia message) and you're done for. That was Stagefright. And while Google was said to have responded quickly, revelation of the security hole also put one of Android's biggest warts under a spotlight once more. No matter how swiftly Google acts, updates don't come as fast. Now, however, Stagefright might ironically be helping change that, slowly but, hopefully, surely.

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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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