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Linux kernel's 'seat warmer' drops 4.19-rc5 with – wow – little drama

Speculation and debate still surround Linus Torvald's decision to step back from Linux kernel development for a while, but the next kernel release candidate landed with far less sturm und drang. Greg Kroah-Hartman, anointed by Torvalds to keep things rolling while the Linux supremo takes a break and gets some help, dropped …
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Braking bad: Mitsubishi recalls 68k SUVs over buggy software

Japanese auto maker Mitsubishi has recalled more than 68,000 vehicles in the US affected by two separate software bugs. America's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued two recalls, one affecting more than 59,000 2018-model SUVs because of a bug in the braking system's management unit. Included are 2018 …
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Cisco sneaks hardcoded secret root backdoor into vid surveillance kit

If you run Cisco's video surveillance kit, hop over to Switchzilla's support site and download the latest version of its management software. Late last week, the networking giant admitted that its Cisco Video Surveillance Manager Appliance has an undocumented root account with static hard-coded credentials. Reading between …

Amid Trump-China tariff tiff, Cisco kit prices to resellers soar up to 25%

In September, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins warned that America's trade war with China would drive up price tags on technology. Now, The Register has learned those fears have seemingly manifested: Switchzilla has unexpectedly increased its prices. Robbins' warning came in an interview last month in which he said: “The tariffs that …
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Juniper's Contrail gets edgy, Cloudflare joins BGP club, and an $Important announcement

Juniper Networks this week pulled the covers off the latest in its Contrail range, a carrier edge product called Contrail Edge Cloud. The Gin Palace said the software targets applications like base stations, hub sites, and switching sites. Integration with Red Hat's OpenStack IaaS platform allows Contrail Edge Cloud to run …
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Curiosity's computer silent on science, baffling boffins

Since last weekend, an as-yet-undiagnosed glitch in the Mars Curiosity Rover has baffled boffins at NASA. In an update posted to the mission page, JPL's Ashwin Vasavada wrote that the project team is trying to work out what's preventing the rover from transmitting “much of the science and engineering data stored in its memory …
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Dead retailer's 'customer data' turns up on seized kit, unencrypted and very much for sale

Servers that once belonged to defunct Canadian gadget retailer NCIX turned up on the second-hand market without being wiped – and their customer data sold overseas – it is claimed. Those boxes, allegedly, stored plaintext credit card data for approximately 260,000 people, and purchase records for 385,000 shoppers. Travis …
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Microsoft's Jet crash: Zero-day flaw drops after deadline passes

Updated The Zero Day Initiative has gone public with an unpatched remote-code execution bug in Microsoft's Jet database engine, after giving Redmond 120 days to fix it. The Windows giant did not address the security blunder in time, so now everyone knows about the flaw, and no official patch is available. The bug, reported to …
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No, that Sunspot Solar Observatory didn't see aliens. It's far more grim

On September 6, the Sunspot Solar Observatory in New Mexico, USA, was evacuated and sealed off without explanation, sparking wild conspiracy theories as to why. Since it's an observatory, the favorite theory was that it had spotted aliens, and the lockdown was part of a coverup to prevent public panic. No, there weren't any …
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Alibaba wants to ship its own neural network silicon by H2 2019

Alibaba has created a subsidiary to design and build silicon for artificial intelligence. The AI business will be called Pingtouge, the Chinese nickname of the small but aggressive honey badger. The chipset, the product of the company's Damo Academy R&D arm, is dubbed Ali-NPU. The company spoke of its plans at its annual …
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EU watchdog sniffing around Amazon's merchant data collection

The European Commission is asking whether Amazon's role as a platform that merchants can use to sell products and its role as the merchants' competitor raises antitrust concerns. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager acknowledged the investigation during a press conference discussing Luxembourg's non-taxation of McDonald's profits …

What's that smell? Oh, it's Newegg cracked open by card slurpers

Netizens buying stuff from Newegg had their bank card details skimmed by hackers who, for a whole month, stashed the Magecart toolkit on the dot-com's payment pages. From August 16 to September 18, shoppers' sensitive card data was silently copied by the Magecart code during the site's checkout process, and sent to neweggstats …
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Renegade 3D-printing gunsmith Cody Wilson on the run in Taipei from child sex allegations

Cody Wilson, notorious for publishing 3D-printed gun designs online, is believed to be holed up in Taiwan after US cops suspected him of sexually assaulting an underage teenager. According to police, Wilson, 30, may have fled to Taipei after he was tipped off that officers were investigating claims he paid a 16-year-old girl $ …
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Mickey D serves up stump speech to settle sceptical investors

Michael Dell has touted his behemoth's performance in a pitch supporting the company's return to the stock exchange. The Dell Technologies chairman and CEO cranked up the hype machine in an analyst presentation Tuesday morning, in what outlets like Bloomberg described as an attempt to shore up support for the float among " …
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Oz government rushes its anti-crypto legislation into parliament

The Australian government has rushed forward its proposed anti-encryption legislation, a mere week after a public consultation into the rules closed. A Federal Coalition party meeting yesterday cleared the bill to be introduced into parliament, giving the strong impression the government hopes to push the draft law onto the …
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Trump pulls trigger in US-China tit-for-tat tariff tiff: 10% slapped on $200bn of imported kit

US President Donald Trump has slapped 10 per cent import tariffs on US$200bn of gear arriving in America from China. This is on top of a package of tariffs on $50bn of incoming Chinese-made parts used for “aerospace, information and communication technology, and machinery,” that was imposed earlier this year. China, …
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Cloudflare invites folk to dabble in the 'distributed web' with InterPlanetary File System gateway

Cloudflare has decided the four-year-old InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) project looks strong enough to warrant a little love, and has launched a gateway to allow the IPFS-curious to try out the "distributed web" protocol. The hosting outfit said users can use IPFS both to find and host content (noting there are currently …
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Planning on geeking out at CA World this year? Think again

If you're one of the roughly 4,000 people planning to get a Miami-worth of frequent flyer points in November, think again: CA has binned CA World. The anonymous reader who tipped us off to the cancellation noted that the move comes pretty late in the process. With just eight weeks to go, venue, speakers, attendees, and …

Microsoft: Like the Borg, we want to absorb all the world's biz computers

Microsoft hopes to assimilate traditional IT admin roles into its cloud with the launch of its Microsoft Managed Desktop (MMD) service. Under MMD, customers will get preconfigured hardware running Windows 10, Microsoft 365 Enterprise subscriptions, cloud-based device management, and Microsoft-managed security and feature …

Just 13 – no, er, make that 3,200 punters hit in Oz's Perth Mint hack

A computer security breach at Perth Mint first thought to have affected just 13 customers turned out to be more widespread – with more than 3,000 punters now screwed over by hackers. Last week, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported barely more than two handfuls of users of the mint's online repository were hit in …

Hungry, hungry network firms: Ericsson, NXP chow down, Ciena on the prowl

Freed from the attentions of Qualcomm, NXP Semiconductor has been looking around for its own acquisitions, and this week announced it had slurped OmniPHY. The six-year-old acquisition target specialises in automotive Ethernet subsystems, with a focus on megabit and gigabit products. In-vehicle networking, NXP's announcement …
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M-M-M-MONSTER KILL: Cisco's bug-wranglers swat 29 in single week

Cisco has taken delivery of a bulk order for 29 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) IDs. If you're running the end-of-life RV110 Wireless-N VPN firewall or RV215W Wireless-N VPN router, bad news: some of their security vulnerabilities won't be patched and there's no workaround – so it is probably time to replace them …
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make all relocate... Linux kernel dev summit shifts to Scotland – to fit Torvald's holiday plans

The Linux Kernel Maintainers' Summit was planned for Vancouver, Canada, in October – but it's been moved to Edinburgh, Scotland. Because kernel chief Linus Torvalds slipped up and booked a family holiday there. No, really – the change of plan was announced in this post to the Kernel Summit Discussion mailing list by core …
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How to nab a HTTPS cert for a stranger's website: Step one, shatter those DNS queries...

Updated Researchers in Germany have discovered how to obtain HTTPS security certificates for web domains they don't own – even if the certs are protected by PKI-based domain validation. Essentially, some certificate authorities can be tricked into incorrectly issuing the cryptographic certs, meaning a miscreant can get a SSL/TLS …
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Do you really think crims would do that? Just go on the 'net and exploit a Windows zero-day?

The Windows ALPC security hole that emerged early last week remains unpatched, even though it is being actively exploited by hackers to gain total control over PCs. As we reported at the end of August, a person behind the now-deleted Twitter account SandboxEscaper publicly revealed the system-level privilege escalation zero- …

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