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Firefox emergency update patches active zero-day exploit

Firefox emergency update patches active zero-day exploit

Given how regularly browser makers like Google and Mozilla release new versions of their software, a sudden new release is almost surprising. Firefox 67.0.3, however, is no simple minor release. Users are urged to make sure they're running this latest version of the browser because while it seems to fix just one thing, it is a critical security fix that could cause users headaches or maybe even lost cryptocurrencies.

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Twitter accidentally shared iOS users’ location data to a partner

Twitter accidentally shared iOS users’ location data to a partner

Often times you only hear of bugs or even "features" that violate users' privacy after someone reports it on the Internet. Often times the companies involved have to deal with the PR mess and backlash involved after the fact. Perhaps learning from its peers, Twitter has decided to beat others to the news and own up to its own privacy blunder. While it doesn't exactly excuse them from making such a simple misstep, it has to at least be complemented for not waiting until the last minute to come clean.

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WhatsApp bug allowed Israeli spyware to infiltrate phones

WhatsApp bug allowed Israeli spyware to infiltrate phones

There are currently quite a number of messaging services, a handful of them from Google itself, but few have withstood the test of time and of the market. WhatsApp, even before its acquisition by Facebook, was already making waves but its popularity and notoriety rose after being snatched up by the social networking giant. It prided itself for its end-to-end encryption, one of the few mainstream platforms to advertise such a feature, but that turned out to be pretty useless if a vulnerability allowed certain actors to inject spyware into phones by simply ringing up the phone.

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Galaxy Tab S5e has a Wi-Fi problem caused by poor design

Galaxy Tab S5e has a Wi-Fi problem caused by poor design

It's been nearly a decade since Apple received a lot of flak for its "you're holding it wrong" response to problems with the iPhone 4's reception. But while Apple has long gotten past that particular blunder, it seems that some manufacturers haven't learned enough from it. Samsung's latest high-end phones are thankfully safe from such a design flaw but its latest mid-range tablet isn't. So if you have a Galaxy Tab S5e and notice a drop in your Wi-Fi connection, just remember that you might be holding it wrong.

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Galaxy Wearable app bug won’t let non-Samsung phones log in

Galaxy Wearable app bug won’t let non-Samsung phones log in

While Samsung may be scrambling to do damage control over its $2,000 Galaxy Fold fiasco, it may have caused yet another problem for its wearable customers. Owners of Samsung Gear and Galaxy Watch devices are now reporting being presented with a "white screen of death" when trying to log into their Samsung accounts via the Galaxy Wearable smartphone app. Curiously it only seems to affect phones from brands other than Samsung.

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Internet Explorer continues to threaten PC users with 0-day exploit

Internet Explorer continues to threaten PC users with 0-day exploit

Microsoft has already thrown in the web browser towel and has based its Edge browser on Chromium and it seems to be in a rush to put its past behind it. Perhaps even too hastily. It may now be practically dead with less than 10% of the browser market, but a recently revealed exploit continues to put users at risk because of IE's unique position. And Microsoft claims to be not in a rush to patch that up.

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Google reports Windows 7 exploit, urges upgrade to Windows 10

Google reports Windows 7 exploit, urges upgrade to Windows 10

Contrary to expectations of dramatic corporate rivalries, it's not uncommon for companies to report bugs they found on other, even rival, companies' products. Some, however, have certain policies that those other companies might disagree with. For example, Google has irked some such companies over its 0-day exploit disclosure policy but this time, it may be doing Microsoft a favor by recommending users to upgrade to Windows 10 to stay safe.

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Android TV bug may have exposed private user photos

Android TV bug may have exposed private user photos

Things have been relatively silent on the Android TV front lately, but today, the platform is forcing itself back into the spotlight. Unfortunately, it's not good news we're hearing, but rather reports of a serious-sounding bug that's potentially exposing the private photos of Android TV users. At the very least, the bug is causing Android TV and Google Home to show lists of Android users where they shouldn't be, which is bad enough.

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FaceTime bug-finding teen gets bounty cash from Apple

FaceTime bug-finding teen gets bounty cash from Apple

Yesterday, Apple delivered an iOS update that fixed an alarming Group FaceTime bug. The issue potentially allowed callers to hear audio and see video from the recipient even before they answer the call, which is of course a major security concern. Though Apple currently finds itself at the center of controversy, it seems the story has a happy ending for the teenager who discovered the bug.

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Android phones vulnerable to maliciously crafted PNG images

Android phones vulnerable to maliciously crafted PNG images

Apple may have had the bulk of attention thanks to its FaceTime bug that may be because it rarely gets such serious flaws. Or at least they rarely get reported. Android's more open nature, however, brings exploits to light more easily and more regularly, which, in theory, should mean they also get patched up faster. Google's latest security bulletin mentions one such bug that could let hackers run arbitrary code on your phone simply by making users open an image of a cute cat on your Android phone.

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iOS 12.1.4 is now available with Group FaceTime bug fix

iOS 12.1.4 is now available with Group FaceTime bug fix

Last week, reports of a scary Group FaceTime bug started making the rounds. If you're an iOS user, you've likely already heard the details, but essentially the bug allowed a caller to hear audio - and in some cases see video - from a recipient's phone before they even answered the call. It was a fairly easy bug to replicate too, which of course makes things worse.

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FaceTime bug puts Apple in US House hot seat

FaceTime bug puts Apple in US House hot seat

It was really only a matter of time. Given how big the Group FaceTime bug has been, it was inevitable Apple would be slapped with a lawsuit. And since that has already happened, the next step would be to put the company under the microscope off the US government. That has also just happened with a letter sent by the US House of Representatives Committee on Energy & Commerce questioning Apple on its response to such an egregious security exploit.

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