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It's September 2018, and Windows VMs can pwn their host servers by launching an evil app

Admins will again be working overtime as Microsoft and Adobe have posted their monthly scheduled security updates for September. This month's Patch Tuesday bundle includes critical fixes for Windows, SQL Server, and Hyper V, as well as Flash and Cold Fusion. Rude guests and ugly images menace Microsoft In total, Microsoft …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Sep 2018
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Micron to shove $3bn in Virginia fab to support manufacture of hardy chips for IoT-type stuff

Semiconductor giant Micron is investing $3bn in its Manassas, Virginia foundry to develop DRAM and flash for autos, IoT, drones and industrial automation. Micron's site is located about 65km (40 miles) west of Washington DC and the company said the development would create around 1,100 jobs. President and CEO Sanjay Mehrotra …
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2018
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Disk will eat itself: Flash price crash just around the over-supplied block

Analysis A flash price crash is coming and should increase disk cannibalization rates as SSDs become more affordable. Objective Analysis' Jim Handy, speaking at last week’s Flash Memory Summit, confirmed we are in a flash over-supply situation, and there will be a downward pricing correction, if not collapse, close to the production …
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 2018
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The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs

Samsung has started mass production of the world's first QLC (quad-level cell) consumer SSD. QLC is 4 bits/cell flash technology and a next step in cell bit capacity from the current TLC (3 bits/cell). Foundries belonging to Intel/Micron, SK Hynix and WD/Toshiba have started producing QLC chips and, in some cases, SSDs already …
Chris Mellor, 7 Aug 2018

Sen. Ron Wyden: Adobe Flash is doomed, why is Uncle Sam still using it?

It's bug-ridden, eternally insecure, and on death row – yet Adobe Flash persists on too many US government webpages. Now Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) wants to hear the sound of this deity-forsaken plugin torn from .gov websites, dragged behind a shed, and a single final gunshot. Regular Reg readers will remember that even Adobe …
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You spin me right round, storage, right round – like a ferrous-based...

The spinning rust of storage whirls the players around again and again – even the flashy and cloudy sorts who supply kit with no moving parts. When it comes to some of this industry's variables – supply, demand, partnerships and advances in tech – events dear boy, events happen. Cloud Daddy This player has bet on a cloud- …
Chris Mellor, 2 Jul 2018
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Flash industry weather forecast anticipates a stormy few years ahead

Analyst firm IDC has predicted revenue for the flash storage industry will decline for three years. IDC's latest flash revenue numbers predict 2018 revenues of US$58.8bn, $55.6bn for 2019 and $57.3bn in 2020. The previous 2018 estimate was $51.4bn, which has increased by 21 per cent. The revenue growth hiccup was attributed …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jun 2018
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Stop us if you've heard this one: Adobe Flash gets emergency patch for zero-day exploit

Adobe has kicked out an out-of-band update for a security vulnerability in Flash – after learning the bug was being actively exploited in the wild by hackers to hijack PCs. The Photoshop giant said today its Flash Player 30.0.0.113 update should be a top installation priority for Mac, Windows, and Linux systems. One of the …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Jun 2018
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At long last, Tosh flogs chip biz to Bain for BEELLIONS

Toshiba has finally offloaded its chip unit for $18bn (£13.5bn) to US private equity house Bain Capital weeks after getting the green light from Chinese regulators. The Toshiba Memory Corporation (TMC) sale was intended to close by the end of March, but was delayed by an antitrust probe by Chinese authorities who gave it the …
Kat Hall, 1 Jun 2018
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Don't just grab your CPU bug updates – there's a nasty hole in Office, too

Patch Tuesday In case you've been hiding under a rock for the entirety of this new year (and we don't blame you if you have) there are a handful of major security flaws that have been dominating the news, and feature prominently in this month's Patch Tuesday update load. First, let's look at the latest developments in the Meltdown/Spectre …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Jan 2018
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Put down the eggnog, it's Patch Tuesday: Fix Windows boxes ASAP

Microsoft has kicked out its December batch of software security fixes, the final Patch Tuesday of 2017. Redmond has addressed 32 CVE-listed vulnerabilities in Edge, Windows, and Office, as well as a hole in Internet Explorer last seen in the early-oughts. Get patching as soon as possible. Leading this month's Patch Tuesday …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Dec 2017

Flash in the enterprise is in a solid state. Where is it going next?

Sponsored Sales of purpose-built storage appliances are falling, markedly, according to IDC, revenue and capacity falling respectively by 16.2 per cent and 14.9 per cent in the analyst’s latest quarterly tracker in September. Among the culprits responsible for this decline is flash, which is becoming a standard part of the enterprise …
David Gordon, 19 Oct 2017
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Toshiba smacks down down 'ransomware killed flash factory' report

Toshiba has denied a report alleging its NAND flash factories were felled by ransomware. Taiwan's Digitimes, which often finds news from deep in the supply chain, on Monday reported that Toshiba halted production for three to six weeks while it sorted out a ransomware mess. Doing so, the report suggested, saw production of 100 …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Oct 2017

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

Updated 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 on the Photoshop giant's Product Security Incident Response Team blog, ironically. That contact page should have only included the public PGP …
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

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