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Security Bits – Google’s Ad Filter, iBoot Leak, iOS Teluga Text Bug

Security Medium 1 — Google’s Ad Filter On February 15 Google’s Chrome browser gained a nice new feature for controlling ads. It’s been reported on as an ad blocker, but that coverage misses a very important subtlety. Google itself calls the feature ad filtering, and an ad filter describes this feature very well indeed. Google […]

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Security Bits – Spectre/Meltdown Update, Strava Heat Maps

Followup — Spectre & Meltdown News Intel asks customers to halt patching for chip bug, citing flaw — www.reuters.com/… New Windows patch disables Intel’s bad Spectre microcode fix — arstechnica.com/… macOS Sierra, OS X El Capitan Updates Patch Meltdown Flaw — www.intego.com/… Apple offers another Meltdown fix for Mac users… — nakedsecurity.sophos.com/… Security Medium — […]

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Security Bits – Spectre & Meltdown Update (Again), Dark Caracal, chaiOS

Meltdown & Spectre Update Steve Gibson of GRC (author of ShieldsUp & SpinRite) has released InSpectre, a free Windows app which clearly communicates your PC’s current level of protection against Meltdown & Spectre, and what kind of a performance hit you should expect — www.grc.com/… RedHat have withdrawn their microcode patch for Spectre after it […]

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Security Bits – Password Trackers, IOHIDeous, Meltdown & Spectre

Security Bits – 5 Jan 2018 Security Medium 1 — Password Managers as Trackers Security researchers have found that less-reputable tracking firms have deployed JavaScript which uses invisible forms to trick password managers into entering information which can then be used as a kind of super-cookie that users cannot delete, and hence, track them around […]

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Security Bits – 26 November 2017 – FaceID Isn’t Broken, USB Bugs in Linux Kernel, Vulnerability in Intel Chips

Security Medium 1 — No, FaceID isn’t Broken, but it Does Have Limits A snazzy demo to the press had headlines all over the press screaming about how FaceID had been broken. But as is so often the case with stories like this, the devil is very much in the detail. What the hackers really […]

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Security Bits – Canvas Fingerprinting, KRACK Updates, TOR Browser Bug, New Zero-Day WiFi Bug, Brother Printer Exploit

Security Medium 1 — Canvas Fingerprinting Before we look at canvas finger printing, I just want to set the scene with a reminder of one of the most fundamental truths about how the web was designed – each web page load is an independent event. Because that meant websites had no memory of anything that […]

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