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Security Bits — 12 July 2020

Feedback & Followups

❗ Action Alerts

  • Microsoft have released two emergency patches for Windows 10 & Windows Server 2019, but you get them through the Windows Store, not the standard Microsoft Update system. For home users the process should be automatic, but well-meaning AD Group Policies could block the updates in the corporate world — nakedsecurity.sophos.com/…
  • A remote code execution vulnerability has been found in many Netgear routers. Netgear have issued firmware releases for many of the affected models, so patch if you can, and get a new router if you can’t — www.kb.cert.org/…

Worthy Warnings

Notable News

Top Tips

Interesting Insights

Just Because it’s Cool 😎

Palate Cleansers

  • Never ruin your cloths accidentally again with this great app for recognising and explaining the cryptic symbols on cloths labels: Laundry Lens — apps.apple.com/…
  • 🎦 A fascinating hour-long conversation with Sir Tim Berners Lee (inventor of the WWW), Vint Cerf (one of the inventors of TCP/IP), and Al Gore (a politician responsible rolling out internet access in the US) hosted by tech journalist David Pogue — www.youtube-nocookie.com/… (from Allison, and heartily endorsed by Bart)

Legend

When the textual description of a link is part of the link it is the title of the page being linked to, when the text describing a link is not part of the link it is a description written by Bart.

Emoji Meaning
🎧 A link to audio content, probably a podcast.
A call to action.
flag The story is particularly relevant to people living in a specific country, or, the organisation the story is about is affiliated with the government of a specific country.
📊 A link to graphical content, probably a chart, graph, or diagram.
🧯 A story that has been over-hyped in the media, or, “no need to light your hair on fire” 🙂
💵 A link to an article behind a paywall.
📌 A pinned story, i.e. one to keep an eye on that’s likely to develop into something significant in the future.
🎩 A tip of the hat to thank a member of the community for bringing the story to our attention.

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