Millions of Linux servers and Android devices were hit with a zero-day flaw today.
What is zero-day flaw? From pctools.com:
A zero day vulnerability refers to a hole in software that is unknown to the vendor. This security hole is then exploited by hackers before the vendor becomes aware and hurries to fix it—this exploit is called a zero day attack. Uses of zero day attacks can include infiltrating malware, spyware or allowing unwanted access to user information. The term “zero day” refers to the unknown nature of the hole to those outside of the hackers, specifically, the developers. Once the vulnerability becomes known, a race begins for the developer, who must protect users.
From zdnet.com. The issue today was:
A new, previously undiscovered flaw that allows an attacker to escalate local user privileges to the highest “root” level is said to hit “tens of millions” of Linux PCs and servers. Because some of the code is shared, the zero-day flaw also affects more than two-thirds of all Android devices. The flaw, said to date back to 2012, affects Linux kernel versions 3.8 and higher, which extends to devices running Android KitKat 4.4 and higher. The vulnerability is in the keyring facility, baked into the core of the Linux software. If exploited, an attacker would be able to execute code on the Linux kernel, and extract cached security data, which can include in some cases encryption and authentication keys.
Read the rest of the article from ZDNet.
What’s the best way to run Windows 10 on a Mac?
You need to run one of these virtualization software that runs on the Mac
TekRevue has a comprehensive benchmark covering Bootcamp, VirtualBox and Fusion.
They recommend the free Virtualbox. If it doesn’t suit you, then you can try Fusion and Parallels.
Test tube burgers. Would you eat one? From PCMag:
Imagine you are a vegetarian. You became one in college, briefly experimented with veganism, but then settled down and simply cut meat out of your diet. You did so for ethical reasons; you just couldn’t stand the thought of the way animals were mistreated in the factory farming system. Later you learned this same industrial farming system is also one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gases.
Now imagine instead you are a code-at-all-costs kind of developer. You sit at your computer and grind out lines of code to execute for your clients or to realize your big idea. You could care less about where your food comes from as long as it gives you the energy to push through and get the job done.
Now we have something both vegetarians and coders might enjoy: the Frankenburger. It looks, smells, and tastes like the real thing, only this burger was grown in a test tube. How about a similarly derived steak? Or salmon? Or even the whole hamburger, bun and all?
From Reuters as reported by Huffington Post:
Disruptive labor market changes, including the rise of robots and artificial intelligence, will result in a net loss of 5.1 million jobs over the next five years in 15 leading countries, according to an analysis published in Davos on Monday.
The projection by the World Economic Forum (WEF), which is holding its annual meeting in the Swiss ski resort this week, assumes a total loss of 7.1 million jobs, offset by a gain of 2 million new positions.
The 15 economies covered by the survey account for approximately 65 percent of the world’s total workforce.
For those of you who own a Xbox 360, you probably have at least one scratched disk rendering it unplayable. It’s a well-know issue within the Xbox 360 community. Thousands of users have lost money due to the damaged disks. In 2007, a class action suit was filed against Microsoft. Microsoft continues to fight, and even had the case dismissed a few years back, stating that there were not enough complaints to warrant such a case. From Kotaku.com:
According to an AP report released on Friday (via Polygon), a federal judge dismissed the class action suit in 2012, stating there were not enough complaints to justify a class action suit. Shortly after the dismissal was reversed by a federal appeals court.
And so this past Friday the Supreme Court of the United States of America agreed that they would hear Microsoft’s last attempt to shake the class action lawsuit. The company wants to argue that since individual claims from defendants in the class action had been thrown out previously, the group claim should as well.
The Supreme Court will rule over whether or not Microsoft has to face the class action suit. Should their decision come back in the plaintiffs’ favor, we’ll check back in another five years or so to see how it’s going.
You can now make Skype calls within Slack.
Microsoft released on January 14 a preview version of Skype integration for Slack. The preview enables teams on Slack to make Skype voice or video calls from within Slack. Slack is an instant messaging-collaboration platform for teams. Anyone on the Slack team will be able to start a Skype call from a computer by typing “/skype” into the Slack chat regardless of whether team members are using Slack on the Web, Windows, Mac, iOS or Android, according to a Microsoft blog post announcing the integration.
You can now purchase reserved instances for applications that run on a part-time basis. From Amazon:
You can now purchase Amazon EC2 Scheduled Reserved Instances for applications that run on a part-time basis. Reserved Instances provide a capacity reservation so that you can have confidence in your ability to launch the number of instances you have reserved when you need them.
Starting today, the new Scheduled Reserved Instances option allows you to reserve capacity on recurring daily, weekly, and monthly schedules. For example, you can purchase a daily reservation such as midnight to 6am every day, a weekly reservation such as 8am-5pm every weekday, or a monthly reservation such as the first five days of each month.
Remember Robot Wars a decade ago? Well, BBC is bringing back the popular series. From BBC:
The iconic entertainment show will return as a 6×60’ series and will feature a new structure with more robots, more battles and more science than ever before.
The new series includes a raft of technological advances since the show first aired over a decade ago, and viewers can expect to see more innovative fighting machines as teams of amateur roboteers battle it out to win the coveted Robot Wars title.
Just checking lately on Amazon’s Cloud Drive pricing and options.
Amazon Cloud Drive has two options: Unlimited Photos and Unlimited Everything.
You can save your cherished photos of family and friend using Unlimited Photos. You can upload your pics from your mobile, PC, tablet or Fire device, and share your photos on any device. Amazon also will give you 5GB of free storage for non-photo files. If you’re a first time user, Amazon will give you a free trial for 3 months. It’s $11.99 per year after the 3 month trial.
If you need to store non-photo files that’s larger than 5GB, then it makes sense to sign up for Unlimited Everything. You can store unlimited number of photos, videos, or any type of file to the cloud. You can upload your files from any device and access them from any device, just like the Unlimited Photos service. Amazon will also give you a free 3 month trial. It’s $59.99 per year after the trial period.