Yesterday CTS-Labs -a security company based in Israel- posted their whitepaper on 13 Critical Security Vulnerabilities in AMD Ryzen and EPYC processors. The company was founded in 2017 and this is their first public report. There are four classes of vulnerabilities with a few variation each.
The new year started hard for three major processor manufacturers. On 3 January 2018 two big flaws were discovered in Intel, AMD and ARM processors. The first only affects Intel products, while the second weakness can be found in Intel, AMD and ARM processors alike. Let's see what Meltdown and Spectre is about.
The Web Platform Working Group has published the W3C recommendation of the HTML 5.2 specification. The new version is the 5th major version, second minor revision of the HTML language. New features are introduced, with a few removed and as expected a handful bug fixes.
PHP 7.2.0 is here from 30 November 2017. This release is the second feature update in the PHP 7 series, which comes with improvements and new features. For source downloads visit the downloads page of php.net or get the binaries for Windows. The full list changes can be found in the ChangeLog.
Earlier this year Intel released Optane, their new type of system memory. To understand better let's see the basic types of memory/storage. The closer to the processor unit is the DRAM, what is a fast, low latency and volatile memory.
A group of researchers discovered serious weaknesses in WPA2, a protocol that secures all modern Wi-Fi connections. An attacker can exploit these weaknesses using key reinstallation attacks (KRACK). To be more precise attackers can use this technique to read information that was previously assumed to be safely encrypted.
The Linux LTS (Long-Term Support) kernels are receiving and extended support starting from release 4.4. Iliyan Malchev from Google announced this at a presentation on Android's Project Treble.
On the 20th September DigitalOcean launched their new scalable object storage called Spaces. It is a simple, standalone object storage that enables developers to store and serve any amount of data with automatic scalability, performance, and reliability. This was a frequently requested product they've been asked to develop.
Yesterday (June 27) another ransomware attack erupted worldwide. The attack is concentrated in Ukraine, including national corporations, the airport of Kijev, the Ukrainian Central Bank and since more countries confirmed the spread of the virus.
AMD was active in the datacenter business for years, but their latest big release was in 2012, with the Abu Dhabi Opteron. This year AMD faces Intel with it's new Zen core based family called EPYC. It seems very promising after RYZEN spiced up the desktop PCs.
On June 17th, 2017 after 26 months of development "Stretch" is here to take over "Jessie". Debian 9 is launched and it is dedicated to the project's founder Ian Murdock, who passed away on 28 December, 2015.
On May 12, 2017 a new ongoing cyberattack struck the world. The ransomware computer worm, Wannacry ( or WanaCrypt, WanaCryptor 2.0, Wanna Decryptor ) is targeting Microsoft’s operating system, Windows. So far infected more than 230000 computers in 150 countries. They send the software in an email, so be careful of suspicious arrivals in your mailbox.