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Signal app update fixes eavesdropping bug

Signal app update fixes eavesdropping bug

Today there's a rather important update to the app Signal if you're particularly set of protecting your privacy. Since one of Signal's main draw points is the privacy of its communications app, it's rough to see any sort of breakdown of that functionality. However, chances are extremely small that any user was the victim of this bug, and the bug is already fixed - so long as you've got the latest version of the app.

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Android zero-day vulnerability could fully compromise these popular phones

Android zero-day vulnerability could fully compromise these popular phones

Google today is publicly reporting a new zero-day vulnerability in Android that potentially affects a number of devices. The vulnerability is particularly worrisome because it can allow bad actors to take control of an affected device. Strangely enough, this security flaw has already been patched once, but apparently it still exists within more recent versions of Android.

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iOS 13 should not be Apple’s Windows 10

iOS 13 should not be Apple’s Windows 10

On September 19, 2019, Apple released iOS 13, perhaps one of the biggest releases of its mobile platform. Since then in the span of ten days, iOS has gone from iOS 13 to iOS 13.1 to iOS 13.1 to, now, iOS 13.1.2. The rapid rate of releases isn't exactly good news as only one (13.1) actually brought new features. In fact, having two maintenance releases within just three days may be cause for concern for iOS and perhaps even macOS users.

iOS 13 has started out on the wrong foot but Apple has hopefully watched Microsoft long enough to know what steps to take to prevent it from becoming its version of Windows 10.

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iOS checkm8 exploit promises unpatchable jailbreaks with some caveats

iOS checkm8 exploit promises unpatchable jailbreaks with some caveats

The mobile tech world, and especially the Apple corner of that world, was flooded by news over the weekend about what could have been Apple's worst nightmare come to life. Just like what happened on the Switch and the Fusée Gelée exploit, a security researcher discovered a similar vulnerability that lay deep in the most inaccessible part of an iPhone's hardware. On paper, this exploit dubbed "checkm8" could offer a permanent way to jailbreak iPhones older than the iPhone Xs. In practice, regular users who want nothing to do with the jailbreaking scene have nothing to worry about unless they hand over their iPhones to an unauthorized person.

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Windows 10 20H1 could be another disaster unless Microsoft takes this step

Windows 10 20H1 could be another disaster unless Microsoft takes this step

Taking a breather from Samsung, Apple, and Huawei, the tech world will be focusing its eyes on Microsoft when it launches new Surfaces devices. The company has proven that it can make great hardware to go along with Windows 10. Unfortunately, the tech giant most popular for its software now has an ironic problem of being unable to maintain the quality of its software. That's especially true for Windows 10 updates that seem to break twice a year or sometimes even every month. The Windows 10 20H1, a.k.a. the May 2020 update, could prove to be another hair-pulling experience unless Microsoft makes this important change.

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Google ramps up bug hunt with Developer Data Protection Reward Program

Google ramps up bug hunt with Developer Data Protection Reward Program

This week the folks at Google responsible for destroying bugs in software have expanded their bug bounty program. Adam Bacchus, Sebastian Porst, and Patrick Mutchler of Android Security and Privacy released a statement on the subject, suggesting that they are "increasing the scope of GPSRP to include all apps in Google Play with 100 million or more installs." GPSRP stands for Google Play Security Reward Program. Google also launched a new program along similar lines called the Developer Data Protection Reward Program (DDPRP).

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iOS 12.4 jailbreak security hole is closed again

iOS 12.4 jailbreak security hole is closed again

Jailbreaking has always been like a game of cat and mouse between Apple and developers. Said developers will discover a critical vulnerability that grants them privileged access to the operating system and Apple will later close that security hole, thereby making the jailbreaking method ineffective. That has been repeated over and over again to the point that it has become harder and rarer for such exploits to be discovered and used. That scenario repeated itself last week with a bit more media coverage but that may be over now that Apple has once again shut that door in the latest maintenance patch for iOS.

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iOS 12.4 ironically opened the doors to jailbreaking

iOS 12.4 ironically opened the doors to jailbreaking

Jailbreaking iPhones have become less trendy in recent years, partly because Apple has provided many of the functionality and security that users have been asking for. The other reason is that each iOS release has made it more difficult to find exploits that would give hackers entry to jailbreak those mobile devices. It is then quite ironic that the latest update, in fact, does the exact opposite, allowing them to create the first public jailbreak release in quite a long time.

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Surface Pro 6, Surface Book 2 locked down to 400 MHz

Surface Pro 6, Surface Book 2 locked down to 400 MHz

Microsoft has become notorious for its botched updates that have introduced bugs as much as they fixed others. Quite a few times, those updates cause the worst kind of computer crashes or lockouts. No one seems to be exempt from this problem, including Microsoft's own Surface customers. Now it seems that another update has rendered its powerful Surface PCs almost useless by having their CPUs throttle down to just 400 MHz.

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No Man’s Sky BEYOND is off to a rocky start

No Man’s Sky BEYOND is off to a rocky start

It seems that Hello Games will never really be rid of controversy wit its most popular title. At its infancy, No Man's Sky gathered no small amount of hype over is promise of a proceurally generated action-adventure survival sci-fi game. It's launch was met with severe criticism for having failed to make good on those promises. The game did improve over time, with the "NEXT" update bringing much of those into the game world. With the recently launched "BEYOND" update, the developers were finally hoping to be able to fully spread their wings to more ambitious pursuits. Unfortunately, it seems that the update is causing no small amount of headache among users on day one.

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Apple Contacts app leave iPhones and iPads vulnerable to hacking

Apple Contacts app leave iPhones and iPads vulnerable to hacking

Apple runs a very tight ship and, like it or not, iOS is considered one of the most secure platforms in the mainstream consumer market. That's not to say it has no security holes and some that get through the cracks have been around for years. One such hole would let an attacker "search" for something in the Contacts app to execute arbitrary code and researchers are pointing to Apple's oversight as the reason this bug has existed for four years.

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Windows 10 S Mode bug blocks users from unlocking regular Windows 10

Windows 10 S Mode bug blocks users from unlocking regular Windows 10

Compared to iOS, Chrome OS, and even Android, Windows is a powerful platform that lets users install almost anything and do anything they need to get things done. Microsoft, however, has had the ironic problem that it has trouble locking Windows down and selling it that way to businesses and schools. Not that it didn't try but it has repeatedly failed before finally reaching a compromise in Windows 10 in S Mode. Given that history and the company's flip-flopping policy, users may have started panicking when they couldn't get out of S Mode. The good news is that it's apparently just a bug. The bad news: Microsoft still hasn't fixed it yet.

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