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PS3 Hacked? 296

Several readers have sent word that George Hotz (a.k.a. geohot), the hacker best known for unlocking Apple's iPhone, says he has now hacked the PlayStation 3. From his blog post: "I have read/write access to the entire system memory, and HV level access to the processor. In other words, I have hacked the PS3. The rest is just software. And reversing. I have a lot of reversing ahead of me, as I now have dumps of LV0 and LV1. I've also dumped the NAND without removing it or a modchip. 3 years, 2 months, 11 days...that's a pretty secure system. ... As far as the exploit goes, I'm not revealing it yet. The theory isn't really patchable, but they can make implementations much harder. Also, for obvious reasons I can't post dumps. I'm hoping to find the decryption keys and post them, but they may be embedded in hardware. Hopefully keys are setup like the iPhone's KBAG."

Submission + - Winutuxu - Is it Windows XP? is it Ubuntu?

LiquidNitrogen writes: Previously discussed on UbuntuForums, Winutuxu is now making rounds on the internet as a heavily cracked though full working copy of windows XP SP2 with Ubuntu Human Theme built right in the OS. Winutuxu also comes with a number of open source applications pre-installed. Check out some of the screenshots of Winutuxu.

Submission + - Do you know how to use a slide rule? ( 5

high_rolla writes: "How many of you know what a slide rule it? Better yet, how many of you have actually used one? The slide rule was a simple yet powerful and important tool for engineers and scientists before the days of calculators. In fact, several people I know still prefer to use them. In the interest of preserving this icon we have created a virtual slide rule for you to play with."

Submission + - Mathematical error in windows explorer

LiquidNitrogen writes: A few months back I have found and blogged about mathematical bug/refresh issue in Windows explorer in Windows Vista Ultimate 32 bit edition. It seems that at times Windows Vista may show the file size in negative and on refreshing the explorer view the file size keeps doubling. I have not yet tested the issue programmatically but these nagging issue may be rated as an annoyance to highly critical bug if there is a dependency on the file size directly or indirectly.

Submission + - Trouble with Microsoft's Genuine Office Validation (

Julie188 writes: Here's another little gotcha with Microsoft license validation, discovered by security and PowerShell expert Tyson Kopczynski. The Microsoft Office 2007 add-on site refuses to download legitimate add-ons for Office 2007 when a legitimate — but not yet activated — additional Microsoft product is installed on the computer. In Kopczynski's case, the product was Visio. He writes: "Let's back this license train up and look at why this picture is wrong: 1. I have a valid copy of Office 2007. 2. The Visio installation only failed the validation because I haven't activated it. 3. Microsoft has presented me with a page to buy Office, which I have a valid copy of. ... Dear Microsoft, When used incorrectly and in direct conflict of something that you are promoting, DRM sucks! By making the usage of your software a hassle, you risk further pushing more users of your applications to other solutions."

Submission + - Not a Thinkpad 1

An anonymous reader writes: As a very happy Thinkpad T20 user (still working after 7 years) I always planned on replacing it with another Thinkpad T-series. However, Thinkpads are now produced by Lenovo, a Chinese company, and I can't quite bear to buy Chinese while the Burmese military are shooting at monks with the Chinese Government as their biggest backer. Maybe this is silly, as whatever I buy is likely to be made (at least in part) in China... but still, what are my options for something as well built as the Thinkpad T-series?

Submission + - Deceptive file names under Vista (

devkhadka writes: "An Attackers can use Unicode character under Vista to conceal filenames and filename extensions. A demonstration by Max Ried makes an executable screen-saver file (.scr) look like a harmless image (.jpg).The display of the false filename is due to the inclusion of Unicode control characters that change the direction of writing. These are required for the Arabic language where writing runs from right to left. Unicode recognizes the control characters (PDF) right-to-left override (RLO, 202E) and left-to-right override (LRO, 202D) to switch the writing direction. more about this:
demonstration here"


Submission + - Linux DDK to encourage one driver for all printers

LiquidNitrogen writes: "Cacheyourcash points out the news on that quotes as following:
The Linux Foundation last week announced the free availability of the Linux Standard Base Driver Development Kit for print drivers. The DDK provides the tools and resources for printing manufacturers to easily support all Linux distributions with one driver package, greatly reducing the time and effort needed to support Linux, a foundation spokesperson said.
You can download the new DDK here"

Submission + - Bugs in Vista which you may not find in any OS (

LiquidNitrogen writes: "The author in the blog has discussed some of the very naive bugs that can be found in the new operating system from Microsoft. Some of the bugs such as showing file size in negative proves without saying the quality of testing and/or design that has gone in to build some of the internal components of the new operating system."

Submission + - Windows Vista? or is it really Windows Vista Beta?

LiquidNitrogen writes: "It's been 6 months that Microsoft released the new operating system; though it looks as if the new Operating System is not yet ready for production environment. Some of the internal components built-in to windows vista seems to have update/refresh issue and may affect a number of users with unacceptable annoyances. Though none of these issues can be exploited but are worth mentioning to not let users get confused from a non feature-complete OS."

Submission + - Refresh Issues with Windows Vista

LiquidNitrogen writes: "Microsoft's Windows Vista Ultimate has refresh issues in at least 2 major components as is listed in the blog with pictures. All but datetime issue can be rated as non-critical though all the nagging bugs (such as showing file size in negative) reiterates the fact that Windows Vista should have been tested thoroughly and was released too early."

Submission + - Two-Step Windows Vista UAC Hack Published

FutureDomain writes: "PC World has an article about how security researchers have developed a way to bypass Vista's UAC. The attack involves installing malicious code with a lower-level program and adding an "executable stub" that is started instead of another higher-level program. When the higher program is run, the malicious code gets to run with the higher program's integrity level. This works because all installers are run with administrator privileges."

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