Third party patch roundup – January 2015

Although Microsoft issued only eight updates this month, Apple and Linux systems both saw fixes for more vulnerabilities than usual, Oracle released its regular quarterly critical update, and Adobe found itself having to get out not just one but two out-of-band updates.

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Adobe fixes second vulnerability in Flash

Last week, Adobe made the headlines again with a zero day vulnerability in their Flash Player software. Over the weekend, they put out an update to fix a second such vulnerability; this one impacts both IE and Firefox when running on all currently supported versions of Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

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Whose airwaves are they, anyway?

How do you balance private property rights with the right to use those public airwaves no matter where you are?

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Exploit Kit strikes again: Attackers taking advantage of unpatched Flash vulnerability

Adobe Flash is in the news again, with reports of a new zero day vulnerability in Flash Player being exploited with the help of an exploit kit called Angler.

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Two steps forward and one step back: Why do tech companies always break some key functionality in their new and improved devices?

Why do brand new models of tech devices or entirely new versions of software so often seem to take two steps forward and then one step back, removing important features or even adding serious problems that weren’t in the previous versions

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January 2015 – Microsoft Patch Tuesday

It turns out we’re looking at eight security updates this month – of which only one addresses a vulnerability that’s rated critical. One thing about this group of patches that’s unusual is that every one of them affects Microsoft Windows.

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Where’s my Patch Tuesday Advance Notification?

Microsoft greeted us on the Thursday prior to Patch Tuesday (the day they usually post a brief overview of the upcoming patches), with a blog post from the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) team that says, in essence, they’re no longer going to do it.

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You have the right to remain silent online

Some say there’s no longer such a thing as privacy, and to an extent, that’s true. But there are still ways to minimize the chance that the information that’s “out there” will end up hurting you.

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Google’s “Zero Tolerance” policy exposes Windows 8.1 vulnerability

Google created big headlines last week when, as part of their Project Zero, they published a public disclosure of an elevation of privilege vulnerability that they discovered in ahcache.sys/NtApphelpCacheControl in Windows 8.1.

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What comes next? Technology predictions for 2015

We in the tech industry are especially prone to getting out our crystal balls (the fancy new ones with the high powered embedded processors and the OLED displays) and taking a peek at what magical and revolutionary gadgets and technologies these 12 months might bring.

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