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Submission + - Apple Fixes Dangerous SSL Authentication Flaw in iOS (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: Users of iOS devices will find themselves with a new software update to install, thanks to a certificate validation flaw in the mobile popular OS. While Apple provides very little information when disclosing security issues, the company said that an attacker with a “privileged network position could capture or modify data in sessions protected by SSL/TLS."

"While this flaw itself does not allow an attacker to compromise a vulnerable device, it is still a very serious threat to the privacy of users as it can be exploited through Man-in-the-Middle attacks" VUPEN's Chaouki Bekrar told SecurityWeek. For example, when connecting to an untrusted WiFi network, attackers could spy on user connections to websites and services that are supposed to be using encrypted communications, Bekrar said. Users should update their iOS devices to iOS 7.0.6 as soon as possible.

Submission + - Apple Fixes Critical Certificate Validation Bug in iOS 7.06

Trailrunner7 writes: Apple on Friday quietly pushed out a security update to iOS that restores some certificate-validation checks that had apparently been missing from the operating system for an unspecified amount of time.

“Secure Transport failed to validate the authenticity of the connection. This issue was addressed by restoring missing validation steps,” the Apple advisory says.

The wording of the description is interesting, as it suggests that the proper certificate-validation checks were in place at some point in iOS but were later removed somehow. The effect of an exploit against this vulnerability would be for an attacker with a man-in-the-middle position on the victim’s network would be able to read supposedly secure communications. It’s not clear when the vulnerability was introduced, but the CVE entry for the bug was reserved on Jan. 8.

Submission + - Secret Bonus Neurons Were Found in the Brain (vice.com)

Daniel_Stuckey writes: For all the up-sides to our brains—their capacity for reasoning, long-term planning, and remembering movie trivia—until recently, it was thought that they were limited by finitude: that the number of neurons you were born with was all that you were going to get. Once you make those connections to create neural circuits throughout your childhood, you’re pretty much set. So good luck learning Portuguese as an adult, mermão.

But over the last few years, neurogenesis, the generation of new brain cells in your lifetime, has been observed in the hippocampi of the adult human brain. It turns out 700 new neurons are added in each hippocampus per day.

What’s more, the same Swedish team of researchers that observed the new neurons in the hippocampi found yet another cache of new brain cells, in part of the forebrain called the striatum.

Submission + - Thinking With Your Gut: Can Bacteria Make You Smarter? 1

Rambo Tribble writes: John Cryan, a researcher at the University College Cork, explains the relationship between the bacteria in your gut and your intelligence. It seems the flora in your intestines can influence brain development as well as aspects of health and nutrition which affect such things as hormones and neurotransmitters.

Note: Please hold the George W. Bush jokes until after the break.

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