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Security Bits — 4 October 2020

Feedback & Followups Listener and community feedback, developments in recently covered stories, and developments in long-running stories we’re tracking over time. COVID apps continue to roll out 🇺🇸 Pennsylvania launches contact tracing app built on Apple and Google tech — www.imore.com/… 🇬🇧 (🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿) — NHS COVID-19 app released in England and Wales — www.imore.com/… […]

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Security Bits — 8 March 2020

Feedback & Followups Listener and community feedback, developments in recently covered stories, and developments in long-running stories we’re tracking over time. FireFox are continuing their roll-out of DoH, enabling it by default for new installs in the US — nakedsecurity.sophos.com/… Google stops indexing WhatsApp chats; other search engines still at it — nakedsecurity.sophos.com/… HomeKit Router […]

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Security Bits – Facebook Token Hack, Bloomberg Amazon & Apple Servers & China, Facebook Uses 2FA Numbers for Advertising

Security Bits – 5 October 2018 Followups 🇺🇸 The CA IoT security law discussed previously has been signed into law — www.theverge.com/… Google have announced plans to further limit what browser plugins can do in an attempt to crack down on the explosion in plugin-based malware we talked about last time — arstechnica.com/… & nakedsecurity.sophos.com/…

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Security Bits – Zero-Day on macOS, Facebook Rates User Trustworthiness, Facebook’s VPN Was Tracking Users, Excessive Google Tracking, Teenager Hacks Apple

Followups More speculation-based flaws in Intel Chips (Editorial by Bart: as with other recent Spectre/Meltdown variants, there’s no need for home users to panic, just keep your OSes patched. It’s cloud providers that really need to worry about these flaws.) L1 Terminal Fault AKA L1TF – Intel have released mitigations, and they don’t have significant […]

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Security Bits – VPNFilter, CallKit Removal in China, No Telegram Updates in App Store, End of Flash & Silverlight, Papua New Guinea Turns Off Facebook

Followups Spectre & Meltdown Details have been released of a new Spectre variant named Speculative Store Bypass, or SSB. The vulnerability affects AMD, ARM & Intel chips. Thankfully it can be mitigated quite easily, so it’s just a matter of applying software, OS, firmware, and microcode updates as they are released — arstechnica.com/…

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