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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 – USB Restricted Mode, Apple’s Focus on Security in OS Announcements

Followups Telegram have now been able to update their apps on Apple’s non-Russian app stores — nakedsecurity.sophos.com/… The VPNFilter malware/botnet story continues to evolve as security researchers find more router makes and model are affected. Additions to the list include routers by Asus, D-Link, Huawei & ZTE — www.zdnet.com/…, nakedsecurity.sophos.com/… & www.imore.com/… 🇺🇸 As anticipated, […]

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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protection against Meltdown & Spectre, and what kind of a performance hit you should expect — www.grc.com/… RedHat have withdrawn their microcode patch for Spectre after it […]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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