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+ - Fake Komodia root SSL certs in use by over +100 companies->

Submitted by Billly Gates
Billly Gates (198444) writes "Lenovo and Superfish are not the only companies who used the fake root SSL certificates by Komodia to spy and decrypt network traffic. Komodia advertises its products including a SSL-digestor to rid the obtrusive thing we call encryption and security. So far game accelerators are mentioned as some have seen these certs installed with Asus lan accelerator drivers."
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+ - Microsoft trademarks Windows 365. Gives hint to renting->

Submitted by Billly Gates
Billly Gates (198444) writes "There was confusion during the Microsoft consumer preview of Windows 10 last month. Microsoft mentioned it was a free upgrade for one year for both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users. What did the meaning of "free for one year" mean? It turns on the government paperwork for the trademark included references for operating systems in addition to other services like video on demand and extra software. Does this mean Microsoft plans to go the road of Adobe and allow only rentals to use your own computer?"
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+ - Another 0 day exploit hitting Adobe Flash->

Submitted by Billly Gates
Billly Gates (198444) writes "Just a week or 2 ago another flash exploit hit the net installing CryptoWall through infected servers from ad networks. Now the scammers are using another 0 day exploit to hit any browser at any version to install malware or Cryptowall on a victims computer. A decade on Slashdot there were discussions on whether it was time to uninstall Java JRE from local browsers. Is it time in 2015 to just uninstall Flash now since we have HTML 5 with major websites like www.youtube.com already switching to it?"
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+ - Visual Studio 2015 supports CLANG and Android (with emulator included)->

Submitted by Billly Gates
Billly Gates (198444) writes "What would be unthinkable a decade ago is Visual Studio supporting W3C HTML and CSS and now apps on other platforms. Visual Studio 2015 preview is available for download which includes support for LLVM/Clang, Android development, and even Linux development with Mono using Xamarin. A little more detail is here. A tester also found support for Java, ANT, SQL LITE, and WebSocket4web. We see IE improving in terms of more standards and Visual Studio Online even supports IOS and MacOSX development. Is this a new Microsoft emerging? In any case it is nice to have an alternative to Google tools for Android development."
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+ - First build of Windows 9 shows start menu return but with Modern tiles ->

Submitted by Billly Gates
Billly Gates (198444) writes "A leaked alpha of Windows 9 has been brewing on the internet. Today a screenshot shows what MS showed us at BUILD which includes a start menu with additional tiny tiles for things like people, calendar, pc settings, and news etc. What the screenshot does show is it is much bigger than Windows7 taking 1/3 of the screen similar to the Start Screen which will show more apps (frequently used desktop apps) in addition to other features. Is this a shift for MS to fix Windows 8? Or do some of us who are really still used to XP and Windows 7 won't allow anything modern in it? Also what is unknown is the return of AERO, and how will Cortana fit voice control fit in?"
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+ - New Poll: Majority of eastern Ukrainians do not back Russia->

Submitted by Billly Gates
Billly Gates (198444) writes "A new independent poll which includes east Ukraine shows quite a different picture than what the armed men in camouflage holding Russian made weapons want you to believe regardless of the voting. Kiev has accused the separatists of really being Russian intelligence agents disguised as peaceful Ukrainian protesters taking over buildings and TV stations and destabilizing the country. A new poll shows even in Eastern Ukraine that the majority do not want independence or be part of Russia. While joining the EU is not something the majority of eastern Ukrainians want the rest of the country is in favor of becoming European at 56% in favor. What does this say about other former Soviet Union countries like Belarus, Poland, Romania, and Georgia when voters decide something that is not in favor of Moscow? Putin seems to be winning the propaganda war which shows a different picture even in western media of an illegitimate government taking over by radical racists again't a country that wants to be part of Russia."
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+ - Microsoft drops support for IE 8->

Submitted by Billly Gates
Billly Gates (198444) writes "With the death of XP it is no surprise if other ancient software with it such as IE 6 no longer become supported. However, IE 8 is still the de factor standard browser right now for the majority of internet users. This is especially in China and enterprises world wide who are not ready for HMTL 5 yet and need support for unsigned ActiveX controls and older encryption standards for specific sites.
Microsoft no longer supports IE 8 and will perform security updates according to its default homepage for first time IE use.

Where I work we use unprotected mode as it is to run sites designed for IE 7 and for state governments who still use quirks mode for Medicare processing.

Now IE has it's first known vulnerability since the EOL for both Windows XP and now IE 8. Should we IT professionals worry? We were given no advanced notice unlike XP!"

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+ - Private keys stolen within hours from heartbleed OpenSSL site->

Submitted by Billly Gates
Billly Gates (198444) writes "It was reported when heartbleed was discovered that only passwords would be at risk and private keys were still safe. Not anymore. Cloudfare launched the heartbleed challenge on a new server with the openSSL vulnerability and offered a prize to whoever could gain the private keys. Within hours several researchers and a hacker got in and got the private signing keys.

Expect many forged certificates and other login attempts to banks and other popular websites in the coming weeks unless the browser makers and CA's revoke all the old keys and certificates."

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+ - Ubuntu to re-add menu's to gnome-shell->

Submitted by Billly Gates
Billly Gates (198444) writes "Arstechnica reviewed one of the 14.4 pre-releases and found menu's returning to its version of Gnome 3 (gnome-shell). With rumors of Windows 9 reversing course with its mobile UI already evident in Windows 8.1 update 1 and now Gnome-shell could this mean the mobile phase of focusing just on minimalism and viewing content is coming to an end?"
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+ - Dangerous 0-day in the wild for IE 10->

Submitted by Billly Gates
Billly Gates (198444) writes "The new patches released just a few days ago does not cover this one. Arstechnica who reported this did not mention if earlier versions of IE were vulnerable outright as only IE 10 was mentioned.

Arstechnica advised users to not use IE 10 meanwhile and upgrade to IE 11 or use Firefox or Chrome. One of the comments to the story mentioned ESPN's ad-network already being infected. Also Adblock plus for IE is available too if you are stuck with IE 10 which will block malicious ad networks."

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+ - LibreOffice 4.2 with GPU mantle support is out-> 4

Submitted by Billly Gates
Billly Gates (198444) writes "A basic summary of the new features are listed here. In catching up with MS Office the new LibreOffice 4.2 now has full Windows 7/8 integration including aero peak, thumbnails, jumplists, and recent documents all from the taskbar. In addition one weak area for LibreOffice has been enterprise network support and the lack of active directory tools. LibreOffice now has GPO and active directory support for system administrators to deploy and manage Libreoffice over corporate networks. Libreoffice also includes an expert configuration Window to assist power users and system administrators when deploying to hundreds of workstation at a time as well.

Also of particular interest is AMD/ATI is expecting to finally release Mantle in the next coming hours for games like Battlefield 4. Surprisingly LibreOffice also supports mantle as well according to the release notes. However you will need the 14.1 driver which is being compiled and uploaded at the time of this writing to utilize this feature. Mantle will accelerate lower end cpus by up to 300% in some tasks while having modest improvements for those with more recent powerful CPUs. A real niceties for those like myself on AMD phenom II's with the later 7000 series cards.

The only issue (some on slashdot may say benefit ) is the lack of a ribbon UI. However, for recent articles about governments considering openoffice this release addresses shortcomings with the new active directory and GPO support."

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+ - +147 more exploits found in latest Java-> 1

Submitted by Billly Gates
Billly Gates (198444) writes "Out of the 147 vulnerabilities around 85 are remote executions with no authentication whatsoever. Oracle plans to have a patch which addresses most of them for Java 7 next Tuesday. Unfortunately for many corporations or those who have the Android SDK you are stuck without a patch with Java 6 without a very expensive Oracle support contract."
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+ - Old browsers preventing HTML 5 are growing (not just IE)->

Submitted by Billly Gates
Billly Gates (198444) writes "The monthly totals from g.statcounter.com and netmarketshare.com came out with the latest December statistics which sometimes cause flamewars as both sides companies report different results on the most popular browser/OS (Netmarketshare favors IE, while statcounter.com favors Chrome).

However, ZDNet noticed something interesting from both statistics. Obsolete browsers are gaining traction even with auto updates for all them. Typically we hear of old browsers we think of corporations running old versions of IE like IE 6 in which any intranet developer will say is a must for support until last year. But Safari now beats IE in terms of users who do not wish to upgrade as 50% run obsolete versions!

Firefox too has its obsolete versions kicking and screaming with 1 out of 5 more than 2 versions old. IE has its old versions as well but this is expected in corps where they use apps which write to MSHTML and MS CSS with MS Jscript for their intranet apps as IE 11 is too modern and standards compliant.

As 2014 starts the web is becoming more and more important as new sites like salesforce.com, LinkedIn, and a million cloud providers all really benefit from HTML 5 features not to mention the security risk associated with"

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+ - Both Firefox and Chrome will EOL on XP shortly after April->

Submitted by Billly Gates
Billly Gates (198444) writes "While Windows XP is still going strong the sun is rapidly setting on this old platform fast. Firefox plans to end support for XP which means no security fixes or improvements. Chrome is being discontinued a little later as well for Windows XP. Windows XP has its die hard users refusing to upgrade as they prefer the operating system or feel there is no need to change. Many of them also have been on slashdot proudly proclaiming to still use it when not running MacOSX or Linux. The story would not be as big of a deal if it were not for the feared XPopacalypse with a major Virus/worm/trojan taking down millions of systems with no patches to ever fix them and software not being patched to protect them. Does this also mean webmasters will need to write seperate versions of CSS and javascript for older versions of Chrome and Firefox like they did with IE 6 if the user base refuses to leave Windows XP?

It is time to move on whether you are a fan of Windows XP still or not. As fellow geeks how is the best way to move these people off this old platform?"

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