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Here's the relevant bits from VMworld, sliced and diced just for you

VMworld Here's part one of our three-part round-up of what's hot and what's not from VMworld 2016. Axcient announced v 1.5 of Fusion, its consolidated secondary storage in the cloud offering, with new cloud orchestration and workflow automation capabilities. The company claims it provides complete IT resilience and agility from the …
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2016

Having offended everyone else in the world, Linus Torvalds calls own lawyers a 'nasty festering disease'

Coding curmudgeon Linus Torvalds has gone off on yet another rant: this time against open-source-defending lawyers and free software activist Bradley Kuhn. On a mailing list about an upcoming Linux conference, a discussion about whether to include a session on the GPL that protects the open source operating system quickly …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Aug 2016
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Linux turns 25, with corporate contributors now key to its future

On August 25th, 1991, an unknown Finnish developer posted the following to the comp.os.minix newsgroup: Hello everybody out there using minix - I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing since april, and is starting to get ready. I'd …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2016

Update your iPhones, iPads right now – govt spy tools exploit vulns

Apple has pushed out an emergency security update for iPhones, iPads and iPods after super sophisticated spyware was found exploiting three iOS vulnerabilities. The iOS 9.3.5 upgrade plugs three holes that, according to researchers, are being used right now by the Pegasus surveillance kit – a powerful commercial malware …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Aug 2016

Kindle Paperwhites turn Windows 10 PCs into paperweights: Plugging one in 'triggers a BSOD'

Plugging a Kindle Paperwhite into a PC running Windows 10 with the Anniversary Update installed sparks a full system meltdown, it is claimed. Connecting the Amazon e-reader to a fully up-to-date W10 machine via USB triggers an immediate Blue Screen of Death, according to complaints on Microsoft's support forum. All the trouble …
Chris Williams, 25 Aug 2016
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Windows Update borks PowerShell – Microsoft won't fix it for a week

You'd be forgiven for thinking Microsoft is actively trying to stop people using Windows 10 Anniversary Edition. A patch this week broke one of the key features of the OS: PowerShell. KB 3176934, released on Tuesday as an automatic update, addresses a good number of bugs and other oddities in the operating system, including …
Iain Thomson, 25 Aug 2016
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Google Fuchsia OS eyes non-Linux things

Google’s latest operating system project, Fuchsia, may be largely a mystery, but it reinforces a truth that platform vendors are having, grudgingly, to acknowledge: one operating system does not fit all. For a company which has put so much effort into making Android an OS for all purposes, Google has a remarkable number of …
Wireless Watch, 24 Aug 2016
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Kaspersky launches its own OS on Russian routers

Kaspersky Labs has finished building its eponymous operating system after four years of quiet development. Little information about the OS has made it onto the English-speaking side of the internet. Kaspersky Labs Russia told Vulture South to wait a few weeks for the English press release for information. What we do know is …
Darren Pauli, 23 Aug 2016

Fujitsu: Why we chose 64-bit ARM over SPARC for our exascale super

Hot Chips Fujitsu chose 64-bit ARM CPU cores for its upcoming exascale supercomputer for two reasons: Linux and the ability to customize its own processors. It was a bit of a surprise when the Japanese IT giant picked ARMv8-A over SPARC64 and x86 for its Post-K beast, which will be used by Japanese boffins to carry out climate-change …
Chris Williams, 23 Aug 2016
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Chocolate Factory exudes Nougat as Android 7 begins rollout

Google is starting its rollout of Android 7, codenamed Nougat, but you're only going to get it if you're running one of the newer models of the firm's Nexus devices. From Monday, the system update will be sent out to Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C, and Android One users, with Google saying it'll …
Iain Thomson, 22 Aug 2016
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Four in five Android devices inherit Linux snooping flaw

A previously identified Linux flaw, which allows anyone to hijack internet traffic, also affects 80 per cent of Android devices. The original vulnerability, which was reported this spring, involves a critical exploit in TCP that lets hackers obtain unencrypted traffic and degrade encrypted traffic to spy on victims. The …
John Leyden, 22 Aug 2016

IOActive turns up the most SOHOpeless router so far

It could be the worst router in the world: a cheapie from China that IOActive reckons is completely pwnable all ways from Sunday. Bought by a travelling staffer, Tao Sauvage, the BHU Wi-Fi router looks almost indistinguishable to a surveillance box. As Sauvage writes: “An unauthenticated attacker could bypass authentication, …
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Google hopes to sniff out OS X badware

Google's Macintosh Operations Team has quietly been working on a whitelisting application for OS X . Code-named Santa, the software (currently described as pre-1.0) has an SQLite database holding a list of permitted and blocked applications; a userland daemon to check the database; a kernel extension to monitor for executions …
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Chip giants pelt embedded AI platforms with wads of cash

Analysis Artificial intelligence and machine learning engines are underpinning many emerging applications and services, from making sense of big data for enterprises, to supporting hyper-personalized consumer content, or virtual reality gaming. The current challenge is to move AI from the supercomputer to the mobile device, supporting …
Wireless Watch, 17 Aug 2016
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Blackberry beats the vendors it trails, finishes Quadrooter patches

It may now live in the frozen wastes of the “other” in smartmobe market share sales charts, but Blackberry has moved faster on Quadrooter than the rest of the Android OEMs. The company's announced a patch for both its PRIV and its DTEK50 Android mobes. Its announcement notes that “three out of the four” vulns were already …
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PGP admins: Kill short keys now, or Alice will become Chuck

The issue of short PGP IDs is back on the agenda, with unknown scammers spoofing identities like Linus Torvalds and Tor core developer Isis Agora Lovecruft. Short keys are just what the name describes: instead of someone passing their whole PGP key to someone else to get a message going, people would memorise the last eight …
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Excelero gets in a right non-volatile mesh over SSD-server connection

Analysis Excelero is working on its new NVMesh software to connect shared NVMe SSD storage with accessing servers and their applications. The aim is to deliver a centralised, petabyte-scale, block storage pool with local, directly-connected NVMe SSD access speeds, using commodity server, storage and networking hardware. The company …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2016

Google's brand new OS could replace Android

The source code of Google's latest operating system has emerged, and it looks like all new code from the ground up. The Fuchsia project can be found here, and uses an entirely new kernel, "Magenta." It boots on ARM and x86, and the authors say they've managed to boot it on a Raspberry Pi. The IPC part is Mojo and higher up the …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Aug 2016

VMware survives GPL breach case, but plaintiff promises appeal

Linux kernel developer Christoph Hellwig's bid to have VMware's knuckles rapped for breaching the GNU General Public Licence (GPL) has failed, for now, after the Landgericht Hamburg found in Virtzilla's favour. The Software Freedom Conservancy backed Hellwig when he alleged that some of his contributions to the Linux kernel …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Aug 2016
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Flipping heck! Virtual machines hijacked via bit-meddling Feng Shui

Security researchers at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam have found a way to subvert virtual machines using a combination of hardware and software shenanigans. The end result is the ability to flip bits in another VM's memory to weaken its encryption or mess with its operation. The attack, dubbed Flip Feng Shui, works by …
Iain Thomson, 12 Aug 2016
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Linux security backfires: Flaw lets hackers inject malware into downloads, disrupt Tor users, etc

Analysis A flaw in the Linux kernel lets hackers inject malware into downloads and webpages, smash Tor connections, launch denial-of-service attacks, and more. This is a troubling security headache because Linux is used widely across the internet, from web servers to Android smartphones, tablets and smart TVs. The TCP/IP networking …
Iain Thomson, 10 Aug 2016

Bungling Microsoft singlehandedly proves that golden backdoor keys are a terrible idea

Updated Microsoft leaked the golden keys that unlock Windows-powered tablets, phones and other devices sealed by Secure Boot – and is now scrambling to undo the blunder. These skeleton keys can be used to install non-Redmond operating systems on locked-down computers. In other words, on devices that do not allow you to disable Secure …
Chris Williams, 10 Aug 2016
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Google says most users 'protected' against 'Quadrooter'

The Quadrooter vulnerabilities in Qualcomm-based Android phones can grant apps total control over devices – but Google reckons malicious code exploiting the flaws should hardly ever reach users. The Chocolate Factory reckons the Verify Apps feature in its Play Store was already blocking apps that tried to take advantage of …
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Web pages, Word docs, PDF files, fonts – behold your latest keys to infecting Windows PCs

Patch Tuesday Microsoft has fixed 38 CVE-listed security vulnerabilities in Edge, Internet Explorer, and Office, as well as high-profile flaws that have allowed researchers to circumvent Windows boot protections. None of the programming blunders were publicly disclosed or actively exploited in the wild prior to today's patch release. The …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Aug 2016

Intel gobbles AI chip biz Nervana for $350m

Intel is knuckling down its efforts into artificial intelligence by buying Nervana Systems, a startup company that specializes in deep learning. The deal is, we're told, worth $350m. Chipzilla's server-grade processors, the Xeon and Xeon Phi, power a lot of the world's deep learning training, and it's the algorithms from …

Windows 10 Anniversary Update crashing under Avast antivirus update

Avast has issued a rushed fix to stem blue screen of death action caused by an update that clashed with Windows 10 on some systems. The patched patch fixes a kernel panic caused by conflicts with a Windows 10 Anniversary Update on Intel Skylake Virtualization Technology machines. Microsoft's update sent some machines with …
Darren Pauli, 09 Aug 2016
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Linux 4.8 rc1 lands, with Surface 3 support promised!

Linux overlord Linus Torvalds has loosed the first release candidate for version 4.8 of the Linux Kernel. “This seems to be building up to be one of the bigger releases lately,” Torvalds wrote on the Kernel Mailing List, but rates the update “fairly regular, with about 60% of the non-documentation diffs being drivers (gpu, …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Aug 2016
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iOS update kills jailbreak

Apple has issued iOS 9.3.4, an update for iThings it says kills off a bug that allows any application to potentially "execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges.” The update also addresses a “memory corruption issue” and fixes it with “improved memory handling.” Nasty stuff. But also stuff on which the Pangu jailbreak …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Aug 2016
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Apple joins the bug bounty party with $200,000 top prize

Black Hat Security researchers can win up to US$200,000 in Apple's new bug bounty program, announced by the company on Thursday at the Black Hat security convention in Las Vegas. “We’ve had great help from researchers like you and the security mechanisms we build have gotten stronger,” said Apple’s head of security engineering and …
Iain Thomson, 05 Aug 2016
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BlackBerry DTEK 50: How badly do you want a secure Android?

Review There’s something immediately odd about BlackBerry’s second Android phone, apart from the geeky Sci-Fi name. Something you can’t at first put your finger on. It’s the first BlackBerry ever not to have the BlackBerry name on the front. Perhaps in the consumer market now, the BlackBerry brand is so unfashionable, this omission …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Aug 2016

Hackers detail the blood and guts of the 2016 Pwn2Own exploit expo

Black Hat Zero Day Initiative researchers have detailed the winning hacks of this year's Pwn2Own competition, painting a picture of broken browsers and owned systems. The quartet of Matt Molinyawe, Abdul-aziz Hariri, Jasiel Spelman, and Jason Smith of Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative vulnerability clearing house detailed and …
Darren Pauli, 04 Aug 2016

Snitches get stitches: Little Snitch bugs were a blessing for malware

DEF CON A vulnerability in popular OS X security tool Little Snitch potentially granted malicious applications extra powers, undermining the protection offered by the software. Little Snitch reports in real-time the network traffic entering and leaving your Apple computer, and can block unauthorized connections. It is a handy …
John Leyden, 03 Aug 2016
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Calling all Droids: BlackBerry’s giving away the Hub

Any modern Android device running Marshmallow will soon be able to run BlackBerry’s Hub, launcher and its other PIM software previously restricted to BlackBerry devices. The Canadian company will sell them through the Google Play Store for non-BlackBerry devices for free, or a 99 cent per month subscription. The deal includes …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Aug 2016

Nutanix bought PernixData to slurp caching firm's IP brains

Comment Although not officially announced, it looks like the acquisition of PernixData by Nutanix is a done deal. Confirmation came from Frank Denneman, Dutch blogger and former tech evangelist for Pernix who has now left the company. So what can we make of this? What benefit is there in taking a caching technology and adding it to …
Chris Evans, 03 Aug 2016

Don't want to vote for Clinton or Trump? How about this woman who says Wi-Fi melts kids' brains?

According to a recent poll, just 10 per cent of Americans are excited about voting for either of the two political parties' presidential candidates in November. As a result, serious attention is being paid to other candidates. And in this case, that is Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party and Jill Stein of the Green Party. …
Kieren McCarthy, 02 Aug 2016
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Android's latest patches once again remind us: It's Nexus or bust if you want decent security

Another month means another double bundle of security vulnerability patches for Android. Google is sticking to the twin-release pattern it used last month: the first batch addresses flaws in Android's system-level software that everyone should install, and the second squashes bugs in hardware drivers and kernel-level code that …
Iain Thomson, 02 Aug 2016
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Google tells Android's Linux kernel to toughen up and fight off those horrible hacker bullies

The security folks at Google have been detailing how they intend to harden up Android against attack. In a blog post, Jeff Vander Stoep of the mobile operating system's security team said that in the next build of the OS, named Nougat, Google is going to be addressing two key areas of the Linux kernel that reside at the heart …
Iain Thomson, 29 Jul 2016

BlackBerry snips Alcatel label off a midrange biz 'Droid, sells it for $299

BlackBerry today took the wraps off its first phone of the year, the cryptically named DTEK50. As rumoured, BlackBerry has based its second Android phone on a reference design from TCL, which owns Alcatel, and "security hardened" it with BlackBerry's Android. BlackBerry also confirmed that a monoblock QWERTY Android was on the …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Jul 2016

Remix chomps Marshmallow, updates its Android for PCs

An imminent update to Jide’s Remix OS, for Android, is the first to be based on Marshmallow 6.0 and a bunch of UI enhancements. Remix OS brings what the industry euphemistically calls “desktop productivity” to Android: in other words, multitasking, overlapping windows, true keyboard and mouse support, and file management. …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Jul 2016

Microsoft offers admins free Win 10 upgrade lube

Microsoft has offered free lubricant to ease the insertion of Windows 10 across PC fleets. Redmond's preferred wheel-greaser is called the Upgrade Analytics tool will help admins evaluate system readiness for Windows 10 in a bid to ease driver drama and kernel panics. The ointment provides admins with a panel showing the …
Darren Pauli, 26 Jul 2016
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Linux 4.7 lands

Linus Torvalds has loosed version 4.7 of the Linux kernel on an impatient world. This time around the headline features include the addition of the schedutil cpufreq governor, code that makes it possible to change the frequency at which a CPU operates. There's also support for the new-ish Radeon RX 480 GPU and the ability to …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2016
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Intel's SGX tiptoes towards Linux

Intel has fulfilled a promise made in April to open-source a Linux driver for its SGX technology. SGX – Software Guard Extensions – first landed in 2013, and allows programmers to lock up code and data inside containers enforced by the CPU. The idea is to create an environment to assure people "clouding" their enterprise …
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Your next storage will be invisible (for a while)

In the last two or three years I've talked a lot about "Flash & Trash." A two-tier storage strategy to best cope with the increasing demand of high IOPS and low latency from primary applications on the one hand, and high capacity, associated with throughput at times, on the other. This kind of need depends on the type of …
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Containers rated more secure than conventional apps

Containers are more secure than apps running on a bare OS and organisations that like not being hacked therefore need to seriously consider a move, according to analyst firm Gartner. Analyst Jeorg Fritsch, in a new document titled How to Secure Docker Containers in Operation says “Gartner asserts that applications deployed in …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jul 2016
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Juniper's bug hunters fire out eight patches

Juniper has fired off fixes for eight security vulnerabilities. The company has been running Junos OS through the security mill since late last year, when its now-notorious backdoor hit the headlines. Junos OS systems running either generic routing encapsulation (GRE) or IP-in-IP (IPIP) tunnels are vulnerable to a kernel …
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VirtualBox 5.1 debuts

Well that was quick. Mere days after announcing a release candidate, Oracle has emitted VirtualBox 5.1 Big Red reckons the following new features are worth getting excited about: Improved Performance: Significantly improved performance for multi-CPU virtual machines and networking. Bug Reporting Tool: New utility able to …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jul 2016
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Webpages, Word files, print servers menacing Windows PCs – yup, it's Patch Tuesday

Microsoft will fix critical holes in Internet Explorer, Edge, Office and Windows with this month's Patch Tuesday security bundle. Meanwhile, Adobe has patched dozens of exploitable vulnerabilities in its Flash player. Redmond's July release includes 11 sets of patches, six rated as "critical" and five classified as "important …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jul 2016

Linus Torvalds in sweary rant about punctuation in kernel comments

Linus Torvalds has unleashed a sweary rant on the Linux Kernel Mailing List, labelling some members “brain-damaged” for their preferred method of punctuating comments. “Can we please get rid of the brain-damaged stupid networking comment syntax style, PLEASE?” the Linux Lord asked last Friday. “If the networking people cannot …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jul 2016
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Linux 4.7 delayed

Linus Torvalds' travel plans mean version 4.7 of the Linux kernel will be delayed by a week. “We've had a nicely calm week, which is what I expected - the last rc really was bigger just due to random timing issues, and not some worrying pattern about this release cycle,” Torvalds wrote on Sunday.” “Anyway, there's a couple of …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jul 2016
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Huge double boxset of Android patches lands after Qualcomm disk encryption blown open

Google has released two bundles of Android security patches this month: a smaller one to handle bugs in the operating system, and a larger package that tackles a raft of driver-level issues, particularly with Qualcomm's hardware. The first tranche of patches includes eight critical, 11 high severity, and nine fixes that are …
Iain Thomson, 06 Jul 2016