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Submission + - GnuTLS Bug Breaks x509 Certificate Validation (

mysqlbytes writes: Ars are reporting that a bug introduced in GnuTLS, makes it trivial for attackers to bypass SSL and TLS. The bug relates to how the code handles the validation of TLS certificates. The coding error may have been present since 2005, meaning that the blast radius for this bug could be huge. "Attackers can exploit the error by presenting vulnerable systems with a fraudulent certificate that is never rejected, despite its failure to pass routine security checks. The failure may allow attackers using a self-signed certificate to pose as the cryptographically authenticated operator of a vulnerable website and to decrypt protected communications."

Submission + - Fusion Reactor Breaks Even 2

mysqlbytes writes: The BBC is reporting the National Ignition Facility (NIF), based at Livermore in California, Has succeeded in breaking even — "During an experiment in late September, the amount of energy released through the fusion reaction exceeded the amount of energy being absorbed by the fuel — the first time this had been achieved at any fusion facility in the world."

Submission + - Gmail outage continues

mysqlbytes writes: "As I sit here not able to check my Gmail, I am wondering how much more of the world is affected. Gmail Help is current stating: "We are continuing to investigate this issue. We will provide an update by September 1, 2009 2:16:00 PM PDT detailing when we expect to resolve the problem.""

Submission + - New Google DNS Entry

mysqlbytes writes: For anyone trying to access their Gmail recently, during this outage. Has anyone seen that there is now an DNS entry:
This outage may last longer than we expect!
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Submission + - Dell to sell PC's in shops

mysqlbytes writes: Computer seller Dell has signed a major new agreement with consumer group DSG that will see the US giant's products sold through a network of 1,300 Dixons, PC World and Currys stores around Ireland for the first time. The deal with DSG is part of Dell's major push towards regaining a leading foothold in the global computer market. Hewlett-Packard has already pipped Dell as the biggest seller of computers by offering its products through retail outlets. Dell has retaliated by making its computers available through major retailers such as Wal-Mart and Best Buy. Read more here

Submission + - Ubuntu 7.10 Released

mysqlbytes writes: The latest releases of Ubuntu for desktop and server are available today for download. This release brings together the best of free and open source software delivered on a stable, easy to use and learn platform. Read the press releases or download it now.
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Submission + - Blogger Finds Y2K Bug in NASA Climate Data (

mysqlbytes writes: While inspecting historical temperature graphs, Steve McIntyre, who operates the site, noticed a strange discontinuity, or "jump" in many locations, all occurring around the time of January, 2000. The graphs were created by NASA's Reto Ruedy and James Hansen (who shot to fame when he accused the administration of trying to censor his views on climate change). Hansen refused to provide McKintyre with the algorithm used to generate graph data, so McKintyre reverse-engineered it. The result appeared to be a Y2K bug in the handling of the raw data. Read more here!

Submission + - Nokia to replace 43 Million Batteries (

mysqlbytes writes: According to a recent post on the BBC's website, Nokia has admitted to a problem in the BL-5C batteries made by Matsushita between December 2005 and November 2006. For some of us, it means longer battery life with a new lease of life. And for some of us, no more burnt legs :) See the article here, and you can check out the product advisory here:

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