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NBD: Adobe just dumped its PRIVATE PGP key on the internet

An absent-minded security staffer just accidentally leaked Adobe's private PGP key onto the internet. The disclosure was spotted by security researcher Juho Nurminen – who found the key ion the Photoshop giant's Product Security Incident Response Team blog. That contact page should have only included the public PGP key. Oh …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Sep 2017
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It's September 2017, and .NET lets PDFs hijack your Windows PC

While much of the tech world is still fixating on Apple's $1,000 face-reading iPhone, administrators are going to be busy testing and deploying this month's Patch Tuesday load. Microsoft, Adobe, and Google have all released patches to mark the second Tuesday of the month. The updates include fixes for Flash, Edge, Internet …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Sep 2017
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WDC to Toshiba: We're sorry about the memory thing (see you in court)

+Comment Western Digital boss Steve Milligan has apologised to Toshiba's CEO in an August 11 letter. The companies have been knocking lumps off each other as WDC tried to delay Toshiba's sale of its interest in the pair's flash foundry joint venture. Toshiba had threatened to deny WDC access to chips from the foundries. It had said it …
Chris Mellor, 1 Sep 2017

Flash... Nu-uh! Tech folk champing at the bit to switch off life support

When Adobe this week announced its intention to kill Flash by 2020, a cheer went up among techies everywhere – not least of which were the browser-makers, who seemed pleased to hasten its death on the web. But others, including Flash game devs and some in the sciences, seem less ready to suit up and deal with the fallout. …
Andrew Silver, 27 Jul 2017

Adobe will kill Flash by 2020: No more updates, support, tears, pain...

Adobe has officially set a kill date for its beleaguered Flash. The Photoshop giant said today it plans to end support for the hacker-prone multimedia browser plugin by the end of 2020. This means no more updates for Flash Player after that date and the end of support on many browsers, including Chrome, Internet Explorer and …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jul 2017

Foxconn, Amazon, Apple join Toshiba chip plant feeding frenzy

Apple, Amazon and Foxconn are preparing to "chip in" for ailing Toshiba's NAND flash memory chip-making division, according to reports. Foxconn chairman Terry Gou told Japan's Nikkei Business Daily newspaper that the two American firms would be lending "financial support" to the Chinese manufacturer's bid for the foundry – but …
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WDC may form carrion consortium to snap up Toshiba's flash memory biz

Western Digital may form a consortium to buy up Toshiba’s hotly disputed NAND flash memory unit, according to reports. Back in April WD Corporation (WDC) chief exec Steve Milligan said his company was willing to bail out the ailing Tosh. The two firms have been at each other’s throats for months over their joint venture in the …
Gareth Corfield, 30 May 2017
FedEx's No Flash offer

FedEx will deliver you $5.00 just to install Flash

FedEx is offering customers US$5 to enable Adobe Flash in their browsers. The offer's being made to users of FedEx Office Print, the custom printing tentacle of the transport company. FedEx Office Print lets customers design posters, signs, manuals, banners and even promotional magnets. But the web-based config-o-tronic …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Mar 2017
Firefox 52's new security warnings

Firefox 52 kills plugins – except Flash – and runs up a red flag for HTTP

The Mozilla Foundation has has given the world the fifty-second version of the Firefox browser, complete with some significant changes. Most notable is the eviction of plug-ins. The browser will now only run Flash. Anything else reliant on the Netscape Plugin API (NPAPI) is now verboten. Which means Silverlight, Java and …

Microsoft catches up to Valentine's Day Flash flaw massacre

Microsoft's popped out a Security Update for Adobe Flash. Adobe did likewise last week, celebrating hackers' love for Flash by releasing it on Valentine's Day. That dump addressed no fewer than 13 CVEs that allowed code execution due to: Type confusion vulnerability Integer overflow vulnerability Use-after-free …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Feb 2017
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It's now 2017, and your Windows PC can still be pwned by a Word file

Microsoft has begun its 2017 with the release of four updates to address security holes in Windows and Office, while Adobe has posted fixes for more than three dozen vulnerabilities in Flash and Reader. Microsoft's January patch load includes: MS17-001, a fix for the Edge browser to address a flaw that would let a malicious …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jan 2017
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Oi! Linux users! Want some really insecure closed-source software?

Back in August Adobe reversed its decision to stop offering an NPAPI Flash plugin for Linux and promised that version 23 would come Penguinistas' way real soon now. At the time the decision was greeted with surprise, because Adobe had not thought to update Flash for Linux since 2012's version 11.2. But the company decided that …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Dec 2016
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Need Xmas ideas? Try CVE-2015-7645, a Flash gift that keeps on giving

A Flash vulnerability subject to emergency patching by Adobe has been used in all major exploit kits to compromise users not already updated. The vulnerability (CVE-2015-7645) patched in October last year was the first zero day since Adobe implemented more hardened security. It was also the most pervasive among the …
Darren Pauli, 8 Dec 2016

Google proudly regards dented shovel as Flash lies supine on the floor

Google's long-promised farewell-to-Flash took another step last week , with the Chocolate Factory announcing it's off-by-default for most users, in most cases. From Chrome 55, Google's browser will check sites to see if they support HTML5. If so, Chrome will run the auto-play video ad proceed to play video; if not, the user …
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Rolling out flash in the enterprise? It's a matter of application

Flash SSD is changing the way that we store data. Vendors would like you to use it for all of your applications – and you probably will at some point – but which applications does it make most sense for today, and which might you have to work a little harder on to justify its use? Some rarified high-performance applications …
Danny Bradbury, 10 Nov 2016

The big day is here and it's time to decide: Patch Flash, Windows, Office or Android first?

Today is the second Tuesday of the month, and that means a fresh round of security updates from the likes of Microsoft, Adobe and Google. The November edition of Patch Tuesday brings with it fixes for Windows, Flash Player, Internet Explorer, Edge, Office and Android. For Microsoft, the monthly update comprises a total of 14 …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Nov 2016

Adobe emits emergency patch for Flash hole malware is exploiting right this minute

Adobe is advising folks to update Flash Player – as malware is right now exploiting a newly discovered hole in the internet's screen door to hijack Windows PCs. The emergency patch addresses a single vulnerability, CVE-2016-7855. The use-after-free() programming blunder allows an attacker to achieve remote code execution when …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Oct 2016

All-flash storage: Tech's ready, is it safe to move yet?

All-flash arrays are arguably coming of age, but in an early market, with lots of vendors jostling for position and making all kinds of promises, you need to be careful when evaluating options. While most of the historical challenges have been largely neutralised or at least made significantly smaller, there are still some …
Dale Vile, 14 Oct 2016

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