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What you need to know about the Adobe certificate compromise
Adobe announced plans to revoke one of its code-signing certificates after it was compromised and used to make malicious attacks appear to be legitimate Adobe tools. The question businesses and consumers need to ask themselves is what impact this might have on them, or what needs to be done to avoid attacks using the compromised certificate.
Adobe announced plans to revoke the effected code-signing certificate effective next Thursday—October 4, 2012. In a blog post explaining the action, Adobe stated that customers should not notice any adverse consequences as a result of the revocation process.
Update your Samsung Galaxy S III now or you might lose all of your data
Do you have a shiny new Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone? Does it contain precious information like contacts, calendar events, music, or photos that you don’t have backed up somewhere else? If so, you might want to avoid visiting any websites until you get the latest update from Samsung.
A security researcher revealed a little trick last week that puts Samsung Galaxy S III data at risk. Embedding a simple 11-digit string of characters and symbols in a Web page is enough to cause a Galaxy S III smartphone that visits the website to trigger a full factory reset of the device. All contacts, photographs, music, apps, and any other data will be erased.
What's in your Facebook Activity Log?
Do you use Facebook? Hundreds of millions of people use the social network to connect with friends and family, share pictures and videos, play games, and more. What you might not realize is that everything you do on Facebook is tracked and logged.
Facebook also keeps track of your search history. When you use the search bar at the top to see if a specific college buddy is on Facebook so you can re-connect, Facebook remembers that. Facebook also remembers if you search for Kim Kardashian or marijuana.
197 reasons you should upgrade to iOS 6 immediately
A few days ago—ahead of today’s launch of the new iPhone 5—Apple released the latest version of iOS. Apple initially unveiled iOS 6 earlier this year, and it has spent the past few months trumpeting the 200-plus new and updated features. Secretly, though, there are another 197 reasons to make the switch to iOS 6—and they might be more important than the 200 Apple wants you to focus on.
If you refer to Apple’s iOS 6 site, you will learn about the new Maps app, Siri’s expanded skillset, Facebook integration, Passbook, conducting FaceTime chats over cellular networks and many more exciting reasons why you should want the new iOS. But, if you check out the Apple security advisory released on Wednesday you’ll find out that there are also 197 unpatched flaws and vulnerabilities in iOS 5.
Will you be more secure if you abandon Internet Explorer?
The German government is urging people to abandon Internet Explorer to avoid zero-day attacks currently circulating in the wild. Microsoft is scrambling to develop a patch to address the problem. The dirty secret, though, is the attack relies on Java being present, so Java—not Internet Explorer—is the Achilles heel of this equation.
Java was recently the target of attacks against its own zero-day vulnerabilities. However, it turned out that the vulnerabilities weren’t all that “zero-day.” Security researchers had discovered them and reported them to Oracle months earlier, but Oracle didn’t prioritize fixing the flaws until attackers also discovered them and started exploiting them.