27 September 2014

Shell Shock, Bash, Linux, Mac OS X

A software bug discovered in the practically ubiquitous computer program known as “Bash” makes hundreds of millions of computers susceptible to hijacking--

This is how the “Shell Shock” bug imperils the whole internet - Quartz: "The bug, which has been labeled “Shell Shock” by security experts, affects computers running Unix-based operating systems like Mac OS X and Linux. That means most of the internet: according to a September survey conducted by Netcraft, a British internet services company, just 13% of the busiest one million websites use Microsoft web servers. Almost everyone else likely serves their website via a Unix operating system that probably uses Bash."


'Vast majority' of Mac users safe from Shellshock Bash bug, Apple says
Apple says users of its OS X operating system are "safe by default" from the new security vulnerability, which has been described as bigger than ...


Apple's HealthKit Finally Arrives, After Bugs, Botches, And Boatloads Of Apple Hype
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Fox Business

Apple Joins Rush To Fix Shellshock Bug Infecting The Internet
Huffington Post
Apple and other tech companies are hustling to address the Shellshock bug. ... Googlesaid it has fixed its code to avoid the bug, while Amazon told ...

iPhone 6 lesson: The next big thing in hardware will have to wait | ZDNet" Samsung vs. Apple vs. Nokia, HTC and Motorola. Who cares? All the hardware looks alike. The smartphone battle is won with ecosystems, cloud and sheer marketing."

AWS' reboot highlights how cloud needs patching best practices | ZDNet: "It's likely that large cloud computing players will have to adopt a security patching cadence similar to the one used by the software industry. In the future, the cloud will have its version of Patch Tuesday."

Slack Buys a Collaboration Tool in First Acquisition - Digits - WSJ"Workplace collaboration startup Slack has made its first acquisition as it prepares to compete more directly with software giants like Google and Microsoft. The company has acquired Spaces, a two-person, bootstrapped team led by serial entrepreneur Simon Vallee, Slack co-founder Stewart Butterfield said in an interview. Terms of the deal, which was done all in stock, were not disclosed."

Russia Asks Facebook, Google, Twitter to Comply With Law on Data Storage | News | The Moscow Times"If Google, Facebook or Twitter "do not obey with the demands of the Russian law, they will be subjected to administrative sanctions," Ksenzov told Izvestia. "Those three resources must make a decision about placing their data centers in Russia, and about the law on bloggers." The so-called bloggers' law, part of the same legislative package, requires bloggers whose pages receive more than 3,000 visitors per day to register as mass media and comply with a strict set of requirements — similarly to Russia's newspapers or television stations, but without any of the professional media's rights."

Samsung has more employees than Google, Apple, and Microsoft combined | Ars Technica: "At 275,000 employees, Samsung (just Samsung Electronics) is the size of five Googles! This explains Samsung's machine-gun-style device output; the company has released around 46 smartphones and 27 tablets just in 2014...."

Patent trolls are starting to get trampled | ZDNet"The Open Invention Network now has over a thousand licensees and the court cases are starting to go against the patent trolls."

Google, Microsoft Expose Brazil's Favelas - WSJ: "... frustrated residents began mapping the communities themselves, hoping to pressure authorities into providing more public services. Now those efforts are getting a boost from two of the world's biggest technology companies. Google and Microsoft have started mapping efforts in recent months in several Rio favelas. Relying largely on community groups, the companies plan to map everything from twisting, narrow alleyways to hole-in-the-wall laundromats. "The power of putting [favelas] on a map and giving them an online presence is really important to opening them up and getting them integrated into the city," says Esteban Walther, Google's director of marketing for Latin America. It's also potentially lucrative. And some local groups complain that the technology companies are piggybacking on their efforts, tapping their databases of local businesses in the hope of turning a profit. What's clear is that Brazil's favelas, once known mainly for crime and disorder, have come to represent economic opportunity...."

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