Articles about Client Software

Evil OpenSSH servers can steal your private login keys to other systems – patch now

Malicious OpenSSH servers can silently steal people's private SSH keys as they try to login, it emerged today. This means criminals who compromise one server can secretly grab keys needed to log into other systems from a user's computer – allowing crooks to jump from server to server. The security cockup, present in the …
Iain Thomson, 14 Jan 2016

VPN users menaced by port forwarding blunder

Virtual Private Network (VPN) protocols have a design flaw that can be potentially exploited by snoops to identify some users' real IP addresses. VPN provider Perfect Privacy, which discovered the security weakness, has dubbed it "port fail", and says it affects VPNs based on the IPSec (Internet Protocol security) or PPTP ( …
Darren Pauli, 30 Nov 2015
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BlackBerry axes BBM Meetings a year after launching it

BlackBerry is dumping one of the more attractive features of its enterprise software comeback plan only a year after launching it. The BBM Meetings subscription conferencing service launched only last November. It was notable in that it leveraged BlackBerry’s private network, which made the administrative legwork of setting up …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Dec 2015

Free HTTPS certs for all – Let's Encrypt opens doors to world+dog

How-to The Let's Encrypt project has opened to the public, allowing anyone to obtain free TLS certificates and set up HTTPS websites in a few simple steps. It's a major leap forward in encrypting the world's web traffic, keeping people's information and browser histories out of the hands of eavesdroppers and and other miscreants. …
Chris Williams, 03 Dec 2015
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Microsoft sets end date on Windows 10 support. Hey, wait, WHAT?

Windows 10 isn't even out yet but already its creator Microsoft has foretold its death. Support for Redmond's Omega operating system will cease finally on October 14, 2025. That’s the date when fixes and patches in all their forms for the as-yet unreleased client operating system will finally be turned off by Microsoft. …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Jul 2015

Five years of Sun software under Oracle: Were the critics right?

Oracle-Sun anniversary Back in 2010, critics worried that Sun Microsystems' software portfolio would wither on the vine once Oracle got its hands on it. Five years on and the worst fears have proven baseless, yet former Sun diehards have had plenty to be disappointed about since Larry Ellison & Co gobbled the former server heavyweight. Although Sun …
Neil McAllister, 28 Jan 2015
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Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command

Microsoft has taken its first baby steps toward integrating Windows with the Docker application containerization tech that's caught fire in the Linux world, with the release of Docker client software that runs on Windows desktops. The client doesn't let you run Windows applications in containers. Microsoft is still working …
Neil McAllister, 18 Nov 2014
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Cisco bitten by Java deserialisation bug, working on patch

November's high-profile Java deserialisation bug has bitten Cisco, with the company announcing vulnerabilities across the board in its huge product line. The problem is so pervasive that it reaches into the most trivial activities of the sysadmin, such as serial number assessment services. The original advisory made by …
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Yank my blockchain: Bitcoin upgrade SNAFU borks hungry miners' currency

Bitcoin users have been urged to switch to pool mines that fully validate data blocks, after the virtual currency system hit a major snag during a planned upgrade. The open source P2P community warned on Saturday that "many wallets" were "currently vulnerable to double-spending of confirmed transactions." Anyone who received …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Jul 2015
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Microsoft's Lync becomes 'Skype for Business'

Microsoft Lync is dead, replaced by Skype for Business. Lync is/was Microsoft's unified communications product and offers voice, video, instant messaging and videoconferences, all delivered from a single client. Integration with Microsoft Office means lots of click-to-talk-or-chat action. As of next year, however, Lync will …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Nov 2014
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Twitter cuts off two fat client apps

Twitter cut off two of its biggest client apps on Friday, only reconnecting them on Sunday after they had implemented unspecified changes to their code. UberTwitter and Twidroyd, both published by UberMedia, got cut off on Friday for violating Twitter policies with regard to respecting the privacy of users' messages, using the …
Bill Ray, 21 Feb 2011
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Git thee behind me, Git crit security bug!

GitHub has acknowledged there's a flaw in its client software and recommended that users upgrade as soon as possible. News of the flaw was announced at GMANE and GitHub has confirmed the existence of the flaw and issued a recommendation for “all users of GitHub and GitHub Enterprise to update their Git clients as soon as …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Dec 2014
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Twitter eyes up its biggest client

TweetDeck, the discerning Twit's desktop client, is in discussions with Twitter about selling itself to the micro-blogging service for $50m, which could be small change to prevent the client turning into a competitor. The Wall Street Journal reckons the companies are "in advanced talks" about Twitter acquiring TweetDeck and its …
Bill Ray, 19 Apr 2011
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Vapourware no more: Let's Encrypt announces first cert dates

The Mozilla-backed Let's Encrypt effort is moving out of its vapourware phase, announcing general availability for September 2015 and an intention to issue its first certificate in the week of July 27. Launched last year by Mozilla, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Cisco, Let's Encrypt's aim is to create no-charge …

C’mon Lenovo. Superfish hooked, but Pokki Start Menu still roaming free

As Lenovo struggles to extricate itself from the controversy surrounding pre-installed Superfish scumware on its machines, a blast of cruft from the past may give the PC slinger's critics extra ammo this week. A Reg reader, who wishes to remain anonymous, reminds us that Lenovo is still shipping laptops with a potentially …
John Leyden, 25 Feb 2015
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Google vows: Earth will VANISH in 2015

Developers who have built web apps that take advantage of the Google Earth geospatial imaging service have just 12 more months to make the most of them, because the online ad-slinger plans to shut down the Google Earth API next year. According to a Friday blog post, Google will continue to fully support the Google Earth API …
Neil McAllister, 13 Dec 2014

BitTorrent kills bug that turns networks into a website-slaying weapon

BitTorrent has fixed a flaw in its technology that quietly turns file-sharing networks into weapons capable of blasting websites and other internet servers offline. The San Francisco company said Thursday the patch for its libuTP software will stop miscreants from abusing the peer-to-peer protocol to launch distributed …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2015
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Citrix reveals next-gen Receiver and StoreFront, then buries them

Citrix has revealed, and then hidden, previews of a new version of its Receiver and Store Front applications. Receiver is the client software used to consume apps given the Xen Desktop or Xen App treatment. StoreFront is the app store into which one can place apps so that users can select which ones they'd like to access with …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Mar 2015
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Password manager Mitro will shutter itself on 31 August

Password manager service ‪Mitro‬ is to shut down permanently from the end of August. The announcement comes just less than twelve months after Mitro was acquired by Twitter for an undisclosed amount. Mitro open sourced its server and client software through GitHub at the same time in late July 2014. Mitro's team joined …
John Leyden, 17 Jul 2015
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Amazon whisks desktop apps into cloud bazaar in virty PC push

AWS Summit Amazon Web Services cut its teeth providing data center infrastructure in the cloud, but lately it's made some coin serving up virtual desktops, too. Now it has expanded that offering with new services that allow IT admins to purchase and manage desktop applications via AWS. Amazon first jumped into the virtual desktop …
Neil McAllister, 10 Apr 2015
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IM client library bug plagues Pidgin

Users of Pidgin and other alternative IM clients need to update their software following the discovery of potentially serious security flaws. Pidgin, Finch, Adium, Meebo, and Gaim are all vulnerable to a flaw that stems from a bug in Libpurple, library software for multi-protocol support that's used by many IM clients. The …
John Leyden, 21 Aug 2009

VPNs are so insecure you might as well wear a KICK ME sign

A team of five researchers from universities in London and Rome have identified that 14 of the top commercial virtual private networks in the world leak IP data. Vasile C. Perta, Marco V. Barbera, and Alessandro Mei of Sapienza University of Rome, together with Gareth Tyson, and Hamed Haddadi of the Queen Mary University of …
Darren Pauli, 30 Jun 2015
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Microsoft opens smiley-kids jangly guitar doc-maker to all

Microsoft has opened its new Office app, Sway, to all comers. As we reported last October, Sway is a document creation and content aggregation tool. Microsoft's laying on the inspirational stuff pretty thick: it says the tool will let you “reimagine how your ideas come to life” and “create a beautiful, interactive, web-based …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Dec 2014
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BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now

BlackBerry has given users another reason to throw out their BlackBerry servers – by putting BES10 into the cloud as a hosted service. It's a long-overdue move, allowing existing BlackBerry sites to set up and manage the first-rate MDM and secure communications services offered BlackBerry via the web, rather than maintaining in- …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Jul 2014
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QEMU, FFMPEG guru unleashes JPEG-slaying graphics compressor

Noted software wizard Fabrice Bellard has devised a new raster image format that he says offers superior quality to JPEG at similar file sizes. Bellard – who is known for creating the QEMU virtualization hypervisor and the FFMPEG multimedia libraries, among other achievements – says the new format, called Better Portable …
Neil McAllister, 12 Dec 2014
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What's a Chromebook good for? How about running PHOTOSHOP?

Chromebooks are great for browsing the web, but they're not much good for running applications like Photoshop – not yet, at any rate. But they may become much more versatile devices soon, thanks to a new experiment cooked up by Adobe and Google. On Monday, the companies jointly unveiled "Project Photoshop Streaming," an effort …
Neil McAllister, 30 Sep 2014
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Microsoft takes InfoPath behind the shed, says successor will be better

Microsoft has announced that it has axed its Office InfoPath forms-entry software, in favor of a new, yet-to-be-announced technology that will be revealed later this year. "In an effort to streamline our investments and deliver a more integrated Office forms user experience, we're retiring InfoPath and investing in new forms …
Neil McAllister, 31 Jan 2014
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Python regurgitates Dropbox secrets to boffins

A couple of security researchers have set spines shivering in the cloud world by demonstrating that Dropbox's obfuscated code can be reverse-engineered, along the way capturing SSL data from the service's cloud and bypassing the two-factor authentication used to secure user data. However, as is clear from the Usenix research …

Microsoft melds SkyDrive Pro and SharePoint

Microsoft has released a new SkyDrive Pro client that offers users of Office 365 and SharePoint the chance to store files locally. The application is the heir to the My Site feature from previous incarnations of Office 365. SkyDrive Pro has most of the the same functions as the consumer version of the service, which is one of …
Simon Sharwood, 23 May 2013

Gaming co ESEA hit by $1 MILLION fine for HIDDEN Bitcoin mining enslaver

US regulators have smacked games biz ESEA with a $1m fine for surreptitiously installing a Bitcoin miner in its software. The settlement was announced on Tuesday and means ESEA gaming will pay the state of New Jersey $325,000 of its $1m fine upfront, and the rest will be scrubbed if the company has a clean record for the next …
Jack Clark, 20 Nov 2013
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Oracle's MySQL buy a 'fiasco' says Dovecot man Mikko Linnanmäki

A co-founder of the widely-used IMAP server Dovecot has outlined his three rules for open source success, in terms Larry Ellison may not enjoy. “The first rule is don't sell your company to Oracle if you want to keep your product alive,” he told World Hosting Day in Singapore yesterday. “The second rule is also don't sell sell …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Sep 2014
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Smartphone-in-a-box maker cooks up cheap Facebook-flavoured chips

Smartphone platform provider Spreadtrum will work with Facebook to integrate its the social network into the platform at firmware level, putting the interactive life blog into the cheapest hardware. The deal will see Spreadtrum working with Facebook to optimise client software running on its chips, just as it does with Google ( …
Bill Ray, 07 Feb 2013
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Cutting the cord without losing touch with your office

If you're a member of the backroom staff at a big company, you probably spend a lot of time sitting at a desk bashing at a computer. Indeed, in my day job as IT ops manager for a telco I'm delighted to have probably the only truly comfy chair on the premises and my huge desktop screen for the Excel-wrangling that forms part of …
Dave Cartwright, 28 Nov 2014
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Microsoft ends Mac users' Windows Phone 8 misery

Microsoft has updated its Mac OS X mobile software so that owners of new Windows Phone 8 handsets can synchronise music and photos with their Apple computers consistently. An update for the Windows Phone client for Macs appeared on the Apple App Store on 31 October, but while Windows Phone 7.5 devices continued to sync up just …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Jan 2013
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Storage firms drop 'A bombs' on the backup biz

The backup battleship product news blitz continues with broadsides from Actifio, Arcserve, Asigra and Avere, all involving the cloud. How the hell does anybody keep up with this barrage of backup news? Actifio Actifio is a file copy reduction startup which has been getting involved in disaster recovery. The technology involves …
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2015
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Trend Micro squishes 'stuck in a loop' SafeSync bug

Trend Micro has issued software patches for its SafeSync product after some users complained that the software was not syncing files between two or more devices properly. Posts of complaints on a user forum, and a tip from a Reg reader, suggested the software's synchronisation of files between devices was not functioning and …
John Leyden, 13 Nov 2012
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Sun sets on Oracle VDI products

Oracle has let it be known that the sun will soon set forever on desktop virtualisation (VDI) products including some it acquired from Sun. After an internal support document bearing the news made it into the public eye, the company has blogged to confirm a raft of Sun-derived VDI kit will soon be pining for the fjords. Big Red …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jul 2013
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It's the Shiz: Mutant RAT spotted gnawing at SAP apps

Cyber-crooks are making the first steps towards using advanced malware to target mission-critical corporate ERP applications, such as SAP. A new variant of the well-known Shiz remote access trojan (RAT) searches infected systems for the existence of SAP applications. Previous versions of the malware were designed simply to …
John Leyden, 06 Nov 2013
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Phone-bonker Bump tells desktop users: We swing both ways now

Bump, the utility for transferring files between phones with a tap, can now invite desktop computers into the bilateral relationship by bashing the space bar to swap data. To swap files with a PC it will need an open browser, but then you just select the file to be shared in either direction and transfer starts with a tap of the …
Bill Ray, 18 Feb 2013

SkyDrive is dead! All hail Microsoft OneDrive! Happy now, Uncle Rupe?

Microsoft has completed the transition of its SkyDrive cloud storage service to its new branding, henceforth to be known as OneDrive. Beginning on Wednesday, users who navigate to the URL of the former SkyDrive website are redirected to the newly rebadged OneDrive site. The new site has a user interface that's virtually …
Neil McAllister, 20 Feb 2014
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Signiant to SkyDrop files into Amazon and Azure clouds

Signiant, a supplier of large (100GB and up) file transfer services to media companies, has launched a new product it calls SkyDrop to send the files to Amazon or Azure instead. The company already has a Media Shuttle product which is used by many digital media customers to send large files to customers and partners in the …
Chris Mellor, 03 Apr 2014

Why, hello there, Foxy... BYE GOOGLE! Mozilla's browser is a video star

Review Firefox 34, just released, adds support for Mozilla’s web-based Skype-competitor, Firefox Hello. Firefox 34 also drops Google as the default search engine for US users, gives Mac fans the ability to play native H.264 video and eliminates a major security vulnerability. Phew! But is it any good? This is the first version of …

New Flash vuln exploited (again). Adobe posts emergency fix (again)

Adobe has released an update to address critical flaws in its Flash Player software, one of which is being actively targeted in the wild. The company said that the Windows and Mac OS X builds of Flash Player 12.0.0.44 and earlier, and Flash Player 11.2.202.336 and earlier for Linux, must be upgraded to fix a trio of bugs. Adobe …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Feb 2014
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T-Mobile patches Wi-Fi eavesdrop vuln

Last week, T-Mobile scrambled to patch a vulnerability uncovered by two University of California Berkeley students that made its Wi-Fi calling feature susceptible to man-in-the-middle attacks. At issue in the students' research, published in full here (PDF), is the certificate implementation used in the feature. The now-patched …

Thin client firm NCD becomes invisible

Exclusive This year started with a major member of the thin client market missing. Onetime high-flyer NCD (Network Computing Devices) has met its end and done so with no fanfare at all. NCD officials still refuse to take any calls regarding the company's fate. This silence has been NCD's policy since The Register first discovered that …
Ashlee Vance, 07 Jan 2005

Move over Microsoft: RealNetworks has a GOOGLE problem

Analysis “When you start a company that has good success, then you step away from it and it doesn’t continue on the trajectory you would like it to be on, your pride kicks in,” says RealNetworks chairman and interim chief executive Rob Glaser. Glaser was explaining why he returned to the company in mid-2012 after a two-and-a-half year …
Tim Anderson, 24 Mar 2014
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AOL software labelled as 'badware'

Privacy watchdogs have slapped a health warning on the latest version of AOL's client software, AOL 9.0. StopBadware.org, an academic project supported by the likes of Sun and Google that aims to establish a neighbourhood watch-style scheme to put pressure on purveyors of unsavoury programs, has taken the unusual step of …
John Leyden, 29 Aug 2006
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Gnome cofounder: Desktop Linux is a CHERNOBYL of FAIL

Gnome project cofounder and current Xamarin CTO Miguel de Icaza says he's done wrestling with Linux on the desktop, and that he now uses Apple kit exclusively for all of his workstation needs. De Icaza is well known in the open source community for developing a number of client-side technologies for Linux, including the …
Neil McAllister, 06 Mar 2013
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Thin client thrives in Web services era

Reg Reader Studies Thin client appliances continue to offer significant advantages over personal computers for major enterprises, according to a survey of Register readers published this week. A survey of 1,624 IT pros conducted by QNB Intelligence, the market research division of analyst firm Quocirca, found that thin client appliances are “more …
John Leyden, 26 Feb 2004

Watch out, chaps, it's another storage sync 'n' share produ-ARRRGH

Object-storage flogger HDS has upgraded its object storage platform to provide firewall-guarded file sync 'n' share access to BYOD users. The Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere product is the sync 'n' share version of the original Hitachi Content Platform (HCP). With the Anywhere product, data is kept on HCP, where it is secure …
Chris Mellor, 22 May 2013