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Steam on Linux bug can delete all user’s files

Steam on Linux bug can delete all user’s files

No software bug is more egregious than one that can potentially wipe out users' precious files without warning or indication. Some Linux users are finding this out the hard way when they discovered that their Steam client was silently deleting files starting from the very root directory all the way into the deepest folders. While the system's files might remain intact because of how Linux security policies work, user data are left unprotected, making this serious flaw even more personal and frightening.

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Microsoft knocks Google’s vulnerability disclosure attitude

Microsoft knocks Google’s vulnerability disclosure attitude

We're used to rival companies trading blows, subtly or otherwise, to gain an upper hand, but there are times when the criticism becomes real and serious. Like the case of Microsoft Security Response Center senior director Chris Betz, who has taken to the company blog to slam Google's Project Zero vulnerability management. The heart of the issue is that Google publicly disclosed a serious security exploit two days before Microsoft could roll out its fix, even when Redmond explicitly asked Google to temporarily suspend its 90-day policy.

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Apple delivers first ever automatic software update to Macs

Apple delivers first ever automatic software update to Macs

There are bug fixes and there are bug fixes. And then there are bug fixes so severe that they need to be plugged up immediately. But no matter how fast software providers try to patch up things on their end, bad users habits sometimes mean that these patches don't get downloaded or applied immediately, if at all. That is why Apple is making use of a feature it already had launched two years ago to deliver a critical bug fix to Mac users without them having to lift a finger.

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AT&T pulls Nexus 6 from stores due to software bug

AT&T pulls Nexus 6 from stores due to software bug

The Nexus 6 is pretty difficult to come by. Google only releases stock in stages, and carriers are just now getting the device. On top of all that, some can’t even figure out pricing, which recently caused last-place Sprint to issue contract credits for over-charging customers. Now, AT&T has run dead into the Nexus wall, and have chosen to return all Nexus 6 inventory to Motorola. The reason? Software! Motorola evidently shipped the wrong software to AT&T, though it’s not clear what the issue was.

 

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Windows Schannel bug as bad as Heartbleed, patch available

Windows Schannel bug as bad as Heartbleed, patch available

The tech world as a whole is still reeling from the OpenSSL vulnerability that was so bad that it was baptized with its own name. Now Microsoft might have an equally terrible, or perhaps even worse, issue in its hands. A bug in its Schannel (short for "Secure channel") security package could, in theory, allow any hacker to remotely run a program just by sending a specially crafted network packet to a Windows server. To add insult to injury, this security exploit exists in a wide range of Windows version dating back 2003.

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Cyborg cockroach experiment locates disaster survivors through sound

Cyborg cockroach experiment locates disaster survivors through sound

They may be one of the most disgusting insects you've ever seen, and laying eyes on one in your kitchen probably makes you want to scream, but one day cyborg cockroaches could save your life if you're trapped in a disaster. A pair of researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a way to control the bugs through a circuit board connected to their brain, and having them find the sources of sounds, including human voices.

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Samsung clarifies Find My Mobile vulnerability

Samsung clarifies Find My Mobile vulnerability

Samsung has broken its silence regarding a reported security exploit that exists in its Find My Mobile service. That security hole could have potentially let hackers remotely lock, unlock, and ring a targeted device from Samsung's web service. Scary as that may sound, the OEM insists that not only would the hackers be limited to only those three actions, it would require a specific set of circumstances for the exploit to be used, which hopefully leaves majority of users unaffected and out of harm's way.

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Google Glass update doesn’t play nice with Android Wear

Google Glass update doesn’t play nice with Android Wear

Google has just released updates to both its MyGlass companion app and the Google Glass XE22 firmware itself that adds the most requested feature of mirroring your phone's notifications. While it is a welcome change that makes the smart eyepiece a lot more useful for some people, it seems that the implementation hit a little snag. Aside from disabling notifications on an Android Wear smartwatch paired with the same phone, which is an explicit "feature", it apparently, hopefully accidentally, cuts off most, if not all, communication between the smartwatch and the smartphone as well.

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Google researchers discover SSL 3.0 bug

Google researchers discover SSL 3.0 bug

We've heard about a lot of bugs this year, not the least of which being the recent "Shellshock" bug. Now Google researchers have discovered a bug in SSL 3.0 that could allow hackers to nab user data. The discovery was detailed today in a report published by the team, which says they were able to breach the protocol using what they call a "POODLE" attack -- Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption attack. With this, they have recommended that SSL 3.0 be disabled to mitigate the problem.

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Dropbox Selective Sync confirmed to have selective amnesia

Dropbox Selective Sync confirmed to have selective amnesia

With all the hoopla around cloud services, their leaks, and their security holes, one name has managed to remain out of the media's spotlight. At least so far. It would, however, be naive to presume that Dropbox is infallible and perfect just because of that. In fact, this latest revelation just proves that it isn't immune from bugs that would irreversibly lose data as well. Luckily, at least if you believe the company, it only affects a rather small subset of Dropbox users.

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