Month: October 2017

Echo Dot Finds Swanky New Home In Art Deco Speaker

The phrase “They don’t make them like they used to” is perhaps best exemplified by two types of products: cars and consumer electronics. Sure, the vehicles and gadgets we have now are so advanced that they may as well be classified as science-fiction when compared to their predecessors, but what about that style. Our modern hardware can rarely hold a candle to the kind of gear you used to be able to buy out of the “Sears, Roebuck and Company” catalog. So when [Democracity] came into possession of a wickedly retro art deco speaker, it’s no surprise he saw it...

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Hardening Linux-based IoT systems

TL;DR: In Linux kernel and as part of the Kernel Self Protection Project we are pushing for new lightweight security mechanisms. On top of that, in systemd we are implementing new lightweight container mechanisms that target Embedded Linux and IoT. Our goal is to make it easy to deploy Secure Embedded Linux and IoT systems. Linux Kernel Self Protection logo Working with Embedded Linux systems, device drivers, system and kernel security, allows me to inspect what will be deployed in production. I noticed a common pattern for some devices, either they contain simple kernel vulnerabilities within third party drivers,...

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WhatsApp flaw lets hackers monitor your online activity, sleeping pattern

A potential design flaw has been found in WhatsApp that will let anyone track a user’s activity. While the contents of the messages can’t be read given that WhatsApp is end-to-end encrypted, the ‘online status’ feature can be used to monitor exactly when a user is online, according to a blog post written by a software engineer Robert Heaton. Your online status can help hackers figure out who you are talking to. It can also be exploited to spy on a user’s sleeping patterns – the time you go to bed and wake up. Heaton, who has made similar...

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