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(Cryptographically) sign me up! Android to take bad app checks offline

Google says Android will no longer require an internet connection to check whether applications are legit or potentially malicious. From now on, the Play Store will embed metadata into apps' APKs that will be used to check whether or not the software is authentic, and confirm whether it came through the official Google souk or …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jun 2018
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Loose .zips sink chips: How poisoned archives can hack your computer

Video Booby-trapped archive files can exploit vulnerabilities in a swath of software to overwrite documents and data elsewhere on a computer's file system – and potentially execute malicious code. Specifically, the flaws, dubbed "Zip Slip" by its discoverers at security outfit Snyk, are path traversals that can potentially be …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Jun 2018
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DevOps: Social, cooperative... It's gotta be really diverse, right?

I've been working in tech for nearly 25 years and I'm currently involved in DevOps – a mashup of operations and development that works well with cloud infrastructure. "Is DevOps more diverse than other areas of tech?" The Register asked me one day. There's certainly a perception that it is – with a seemingly higher-than-usual …
Anne Currie, 1 May 2018
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Oh dear... Netizens think 'private' browsing really means totally private

Netizens have the wrong idea about what their web browser's "private" or "incognito" mode actually does. This is according to researchers at the University of Chicago, in the US, and Leibniz University Hannover, in Germany, who this week declared that folks mistakenly believe that by enabling the incognito browsing mode, they …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Apr 2018
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No way, RSA! Security conference's mobile app embarrassingly insecure

RSA has copped to a security vulnerability in the backend systems powering the smartphone app for its annual security conference, held this week in San Francisco, USA. Infosec expert "svbl" discovered and reported a privacy cockup in an API, which could be accessed by anyone with an RSA Conference account, to fetch the names …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Apr 2018
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The true victims of Brexit are poor RuneScape players

The creators of the popular online game RuneScape are raising subscription prices, and putting the blame on Nigel Farage and his Brexit buddies. Developers at UK-based Jagex say they are being forced to jack up the price for monthly game subscriptions in large part because of costs associated with the UK leaving the EU. …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Apr 2018
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Developers dread Visual Basic 6, IBM Db2, SharePoint - survey

Stack Overflow’s annual survey has revealed the tools and tech that developers love to hate: Visual Basic 6, IBM Db2 and SharePoint. According to the poll, which took in the views of more than 100,000 devs, Rust is the most loved programming language for the third year running. It is closely followed by Kotlin, which makes its …
Rebecca Hill, 14 Mar 2018
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Developer mistakenly deleted data - so thoroughly nobody could pin it on him!

Who, me? Welcome to the eighth edition of "Who, me?", the column in which Reg readers confess to moments at which they messed things up but good. This week meet "Ben" who told us that "On a Friday afternoon about five years ago I was asked to complete some backup scripts before the weekend." Ben told us his employer "was too tight to …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Mar 2018
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RAT king thrown in the slammer for peddling NanoCore PC nasty

A bloke has been jailed for nearly three years for developing and selling malware that allowed miscreants to snoop on and remote-control victims' Windows PCs. Taylor Huddleston, of Arkansas, USA, pleaded guilty in July 2017 to one charge of aiding and abetting computer intrusions by building and peddling his $25 software nasty …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Feb 2018
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Flappy Friday for Stack Overflow as outage woes run on

Updated The keys Control, C and V are gathering dust around the world as Stack Overflow went for an uscheduled nap last night before going into full blown TITSUP* mode today. The site, popular with code botherers and set to celebrate its 10th birthday in 2018, is an open community of questions and answers for techies and often the …
Richard Speed, 23 Feb 2018

Mozilla's creepy Mr Robot stunt in Firefox flops in touching tribute to TV show's 2nd season

Updated Mozilla automatically installed a weird add-on to Firefox on people's computers – an add-on that turned out to be a marketing promotion for the hit telly show Mr Robot. The open-source non-profit dev house secretly slipped the oddity, dubbed Through the Looking Glass, into browser installations as a shield study. These special …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Dec 2017
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Android flaw lets attack code slip into signed apps

Researchers say a recently patched vulnerability in Android could leave users vulnerable to attack from signed apps. The vulnerability, dubbed Janus, would allow a malicious application to add bytes of code to the APK or DEX formats used by Android applications without affecting the application's signature. In other words, a …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Dec 2017
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Beware the IDEs of Android: three biggies have vulnerabilities

Developers using the Android Studio, Eclipse, and IntelliJ IDEA have been advised to update their IDEs against serious and easily-exploitable vulnerabilities. Check Point Software Technologies went public with the bugs on December 4, but said it made its discoveries in May 2017. Initially, Check point's four researchers (Eran …
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Google Chrome vows to carpet bomb meddling Windows antivirus tools

By mid-2018 Google Chrome will no longer allow outside applications – cough, cough, antivirus packages – to run code within the browser on Windows. This is according to a post today on the Chromium blog that laid out the July release of Chrome 68 for Windows as the target for new rules that will block all third-party apps from …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Nov 2017
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Twitter: Finally, there's an affordable way to pay us actual money

Hoping to extinguish its eleven-year cash bonfire and finally turn a profit, Twitter has introduced premium APIs to allow businesses to make better use of its trove of troll tweets – for a fee. The hoi polloi seldom pay for anything online but developers, in particular those working for big biz, can be convinced to ante up in …
Thomas Claburn, 14 Nov 2017

Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

Poll Developers really dislike Perl, and projects associated with Microsoft, at least among those who volunteer their views through Stack Overflow. The community coding site offers programmers a way to document their technical affinities on their developer story profile pages. Included therein is an input box for tech they'd prefer …
Thomas Claburn, 31 Oct 2017

What’s the real point of being a dev? It's saving management from themselves

Comment What’s the point of being a developer ? My experience of being one taught me that it isn’t primarily the coding – it’s actually much more important than that. Last week at Parliament, discussion touched on the role The Register plays in the media landscape. The chairman of the House of Lords’ enquiry on Artificial Intelligence …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Oct 2017
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Has Git ever driven you so mad you wanted to bomb it? Well, now you can with this tiny repo

A quirk in the way Git handles data deduplication can be exploited to crash most computers with a single Git command. Developer Kate Murphy said this "Git bombing" can be pulled off by creating and organizing a repository of just 12 4KB objects so that cloning it fills up all available RAM and swap space until the machine …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Oct 2017

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