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Submission + - Apple libc insecure handling of word expansion->

bobo the hobo writes: It appears that Apple's libc's shell word expansion routine shells out to Perl in a highly questionable fashion.

/* XXX this is _not_ designed to be fast */
/* wordexp is also rife with security "challenges", unless you pass it
WRDE_NOCMD it *must* support subshell expansion, and even if you
don't beause it has to support so much of the standard shell (all
the odd little variable expansion options for example) it is hard
to do without a subshell). It is probbably just plan a Bad Idea
to call in anything setuid, or executing remotely. */


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Submission + - GNAA Demonstrates Research Failures in Mainstream Media->

InspectorH writes: Operatives of Internet research and security firm GNAA (http://gnaa.eu), have successfully demonstrated a lack of journalistic integrity in two mainstream media outlets, InfoWars, and the UK's Daily Mail.

The experiment began when several GNAA operatives, along with a handful of non-GNAA affiliates began posting tweets with the hashtag "#SandyLootCrew" on known "troll" accounts, along with pictures of personally owned items, claimed to be ill-gained.

First to report on it was the Alex Jones owned website, InfoWars (http://www.infowars.com/shameless-looters-display-stolen-goods-on-twitter/). Alex Jones, frequently criticized for his conspiratorial tone insisted on the correctness of his report, even after reports began to surface of GNAA involvement, as he noted in his video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n54tP2YjbcE

While obvious to many onlookers that this was a highly coordinated trolling operation, and given the standards exhibited by InfoWars, British media outlet, the Daily Mail also decided to run the story, with little regard for basic fact checking: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2225663/Even-momma-got-outta-house-loot-new-shirt-Looters-brag-Twitter-stealing-flood-hit-stores.html

In addition to these media requests, several members of the 'hacktivist collective' Anonymous also engaged the GNAA, attempting to have their accounts suspended by Twitter.

While several GNAA and GNAA-affiliated accounts were suspended, they were all back, up and running within 24 hours of suspension.

The GNAA has issued a press statement regarding this experiment, which can be read here: http://www.gnaa.eu/wiki/pr/2012-11-01-gnaa-sandy

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Comment Re:It was a good run. (Score 1) 93 93

I'm just worried that all the worst aspects of facebook (attention-whoring, crappy games, internet-disease solarflare photos etc) will inevitably be ported to g+, either making it a replacement for fb or rendering it useless when it becomes a clone of it. "If you don't like it just ignore it" doesn't work when the developers are actively pushing that stuff to generate more ad revenue.

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Submission + - Google+ Officially Open to Teens-> 1 1

hypnosec writes: Google+ made a landmark move and opened itself to users who are over the age of 13. Google+ did not initially target the younger crowd and kept itself available only for users above the age of 18. Besides, opening up to youngsters over the age of 13 the social network also added improved safety features to keep the younger crowd protected. Now it features more rigid default settings for privacy but, they can be overridden none the less. Vice president Product management at Google+, Bradley Horowitz, in a Google+ post stated, "With Google+, we want to help teens build meaningful connections online. We also want to provide features that foster safety alongside self-expression. Today we're doing both, for everyone who’s old enough for a Google Account."
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Journal Journal: An(other) Inconvenient Truth 2 2

In case this doesn't get accepted, here's a submission I just put into the queue:
From the National Geographic Society comes a(nother) report that Mars is warming at a similar pace as the earth, pointing to a solar, not a human, cause of both. Obviously, the Society is pandering to Big Oil....

Some people manage by the book, even though they don't know who wrote the book or even what book.

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