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Security Bits – Efail, 4th Amendment, Glitch & ThrowHammer, Black Dot & Text-Bomb

Security Medium — The Efail Email Encryption Vulnerability

The latest bug with a cool name and a cute logo is Efail, a mashup of the words email and fail. The bug affects encrypted email sent with both of the common email encryption protocols S/MIME & PGP/GPG.

Under certain circumstances, the bug allows an attacker to trick email clients into sending a copy of the decrypted versions of encrypted emails to a server of their choice. The bug is triggered in the client, so it affects every email opened by the client, regardless of when it was sent, so this bug could allow an attacker to read encrypted emails arbitrarily far back in time.

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I Finally Understand Databases Because of the Free Airtable App

Airtable logoYou know I’m a huge fan of Excel and all things spreadsheets. Pivot tables, complex equations, they all make my heart go pitter-pat. But I’ve never really understood databases. I can explain what they are and why they’re not like spreadsheets, but only at a very surface level. I haven’t ever grokked them because I never had access to a database program or found a problem they might solve.

On ScreenCasts Online episodes 546 and 548, Don McAllister introduced a database application for the Mac, iOS, Windows, and Android called Airtable from airtable.com/….

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