Inkless Paper Developed

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Phys.org reports on a breakthrough in printing: paper that uses ultraviolet light to print on coated paper. The paper can be heated to 250°F to erase what was printed and re-written to it up to 80 times (re-writable paper).  The researchers believe that this paper, which uses ultraviolet light to speed up chemical reactions between titanium… Continue reading Inkless Paper Developed

WordPress 4.7.2: Hidden Exploit Fix

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The recently released version 4.7.2 of WordPress had an additional security fix which was not disclosed in the changelog when it was released. The issue? A privilege escalation / content injection bug in the REST API that allowed for the potential that anyone could edit any post. How? Part of the REST API had an… Continue reading WordPress 4.7.2: Hidden Exploit Fix

Release: Elasticsearch 5.2

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elastic has released version 5.2 of their search software, Elasticsearch. Here is what you can expect from this release: Numeric & Date range fields: New field types (integer_range, float_range, long_range, double_range, and date_range) were added allowing you  to define a minimum and maximum numeric or date range when you post data to the document field.… Continue reading Release: Elasticsearch 5.2

Release: WordPress 4.7.2

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Last week WordPress released the second security update for version 4.7. There were 3 security issues fixed: Interface for assigning taxonomy terms in Press This was shown to users who did not have permission An SQL injection vulnerability was patched in the WP_Query class to prevent poorly coded plugins and themes from falling victim (involving post types)… Continue reading Release: WordPress 4.7.2

Release: Google Chrome 56

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Google has released version 56 of its web browser, based on the open-source Chromium web browser. There were 51 security-related bug fixes and one security researcher nabbed over thirty-thousand dollars ($30,000) for reporting some particularly nasty cross-site scripting (XSS) issues in Blink, Chrome’s rendering engine. Here are the other new and fixed features: For Users… Continue reading Release: Google Chrome 56

Release: Firefox 51

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Mozilla has released version 51 of the open-source Firefox web browser. What can you expect from this release? For Users Save password prompt allows you to view the password before it is saved Zoom button added to the URL bar that displays the zoom level other than 100% – pressing the button returns to default… Continue reading Release: Firefox 51

Fiber Picks Up Speed

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Our demand for data continues to grow and so to does the amount of data fiber optic networks can transmit. Phys.org reports on research completed by NTT Access Network Service Systems Laboratories in Japan where they were able to fit 12 individual cores inside a standard diameter for fiber optics. Since the amount of data we… Continue reading Fiber Picks Up Speed

SHA-2 Adoption Slow, Picking Up

Threat Post reports on how browser developers are working on both adding support for as well as adding warnings into browsers for users that use less secure certificates signed by SHA-1 hashes. As computers continue to increase in performance it becomes easier, faster, and cheaper to break older hash algorithms. New algorithms get developed but… Continue reading SHA-2 Adoption Slow, Picking Up

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Browsers’ Interfaces Are Insecure

As browsers continue to add new features, many of them need to notify or request confirmation from the user. These notifications and dialogs are showing outside the browser interface and appear inside or overtop of the content window (considered to be untrusted since any content can be displayed by developers). This means that content developers… Continue reading Browsers’ Interfaces Are Insecure

Release: PHP 7.0.15, 7.1.1, 5.6.30

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PHP has released security updates for versions 7, 7.1, and 5.6. Since these are security releases it is HIGHLY recommended you update to them. I also heavily recommend you update to them as there are some odd bugs fixed in earlier versions for rare cases that could cause hangs or segfaults (crashes) in some cases… Continue reading Release: PHP 7.0.15, 7.1.1, 5.6.30