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Security Bits — 14 May 2023

Feedback & Followups

❗ Action Alerts

  • It was Patch Tuesday this week and the many patches from Microsoft include some for actively exploited zero-days, so patch ASAP —…
    • Thankfully most home users don’t need to worry about the very messy Secure Boot patch (important for high-profile people and corporate IT) —…

Notable News

Top Tips

Interesting Insights

Palate Cleansers

  • In our Podfeet Slack under the #delete-me channel Ian Lessing posted a screenshot from a long time ago during an iPhoto library migration. There’s a tiny progress bar and above it, it says, “Time remaining: About 2147483647 hours”.
    • While that got a good giggle, it was Allister Jenks’s response that tickled Allison.
    • “That number can also be written as 2^31-1 which means it is the largest positive number in a 32-bit integer. In other words, it was not expecting it to take nearly 245 millennia, but in fact an infinite amount of time. It just couldn’t find the wordsnumbers.”


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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