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VxWorks real-time operating system plagued with 11 critical 0-day bugs

VxWorks real-time operating system plagued with 11 critical 0-day bugs

When talking about bugs affecting operating systems, you often hear about Windows and Android, sometimes iOS, and, from time to time, even Linux. Rarely to RTOS, short for Real-Time Operating Systems, get any coverage. One RTOS, however, is used in so many critical computer systems in critical industries that big security bugs could prove to be catastrophic. That is apparently what faces users of equipment that run on VxWorks that has been reported to have no less than 11 zero-day vulnerabilities that have been around for the last 13 years.

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iOS 12.4 fixes 4 out of 6 “interactionless” iMessage security exploits

iOS 12.4 fixes 4 out of 6 “interactionless” iMessage security exploits

Apple is pretty conscientious about rolling out security updates but, for one reason or another, some users may not be as enthusiastic about installing them. Some may have been burned by previous updates that may have caused more problems than they fixed. Such users, however, may want to immediately update to iOS 12.4 as soon as the coast is clear. It turns out that the maintenance update contains fixes to at least for critical security bugs that, according to the researchers that discovered them, could have been valued at $5 million or more.

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VLC video player security bug report is heating up the Internet

VLC video player security bug report is heating up the Internet

It's not unusual to hear reports of vulnerabilities in software both open source and closed. Those bugs are reported against software big and small alike but the more popular the program, the bigger the noise. When it comes of multimedia players, there's probably no bigger program than VLC and now it's at the center of a "he said, she said" kind of debate over a reported severe vulnerability.

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Apple Watch Walkie Talkie disabled as Apple fixes eavesdropping exploit

Apple Watch Walkie Talkie disabled as Apple fixes eavesdropping exploit

If you're a regular user of the Apple Watch's Walkie Talkie app, then we've got a bit of sour news for you: Apple has temporarily stopped the app from functioning. There's good reason for that decision, as a bug was discovered that could have potentially allowed others to eavesdrop on Walkie Talkie conversations. If that sounds like a familiar issue, that's because it is.

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Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 camera Night mode comes with a serious bug

Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 camera Night mode comes with a serious bug

Samsung's flagships achieve high scores on DxOMark but have so far failed to steal the top spot from Huawei. One of the reasons for falling short of becoming Number 1 is its average performance in low light, especially night-time, photography. Samsung heeded the call of the market and started rolling out a dedicated Night Mode not only to the Galaxy S10 but to last year's generation as well. Unfortunately, the price users have to pay may not be worth the new feature.

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Zoom app leaves Macs vulnerable to to camera hijacking and spying

Zoom app leaves Macs vulnerable to to camera hijacking and spying

Earlier this year, Apple faced a major security crisis when its Group FaceTime was reported to have a bug that would let people spy on iOS users by simply calling them. Now its the turn of Mac users to experience the same but, fortunately, it isn't applicable to all Mac owners nor is it Apple's bug to fix. Unfortunately, the Zoom video conferencing app for Macs is so popular that this serious exploit all the more dangerous.

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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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