Jonathan Foote discovered that the BIND DNS server does not properly
handle TKEY queries. A remote attacker can take advantage of this flaw
to mount a denial of service via a specially crafted query triggering an
assertion failure and causing BIND to exit.
Tom Warren's got a good piece up in which he interviews a number of people responsible for the development of Windows 10. Lots of interesting bits of information, but this one stood out to me.
He's also surprisingly blunt when he characterizes Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8, products he was intimately involved in developing. "We've had a couple of, sort of, practice runs with phone and PC," Belfiore says, before pivoting to the presumably brighter future with Windows 10, "We now have all the devices lined up. I don't expect to see the platform change again, in the same way it has before."
What he calls "practice runs", I call the most expensive failure in Microsoft's - and possibly all of technology's - history. When you add up all the years of development, marketing, the endless amount of bribes cash injections to keep Nokia from dumping Windows Phone, the actual acquisition of Nokia's mobile assets, the subsequent wholesale dumping of all those assets - it adds up to billions and billions of dollars down the drain, wasted, for naught. And the poison icing on this horrible cake?
They're continuing to scale down the phone part of Windows even further.
The practice run quote made me look back upon the past few years of reporting about Windows Phone and Nokia, about how many of us - myself at the forefront here on OSNews - realised years ago what a colossal failure Windows Phone was, and that small number of people insisting all was well with Windows Phone, how its market share was growing rapidly, how Nokia was doing great financially (*), and so on, and so forth. There were no tanks in Baghdad.
In this case, it sucks to be right, because these "practice runs" cost thousands and thousands of people their jobs.
The Itanium may not have been much of a commercial success, but it is interesting as a processor architecture because it is different from anything else commonly seen today. It's like learning a foreign language: It gives you an insight into how others view the world.
The next two weeks will be devoted to an introduction to the Itanium processor architecture, as employed by Win32.
There's part one, two, and three - with more to come.
Summing up these 45 pages, one can say that Microsoft basically grants itself very broad rights to collect everything you do, say and write with and on your devices in order to sell more targeted advertising or to sell your data to third parties. The company appears to be granting itself the right to share your data either with your consent "or as necessary".
You done got Scroogled.
The developers of Elive, a commercial distribution based on Debian which features the Enlightenment desktop, have released a new test release. Elive 2.6.8 Beta offers better touchpad support, fixes large fonts when using some NVIDIA video cards and makes Zsh the default command line shell. The release announcement....
Kai Hendry has announced the release of Webconverger 31.0, the latest update of the project's specialist Linux distribution for web kiosks: "Webconverger 31 release. Two months ago was our momentous Jessie-based Webconverger 30 release and since then we've: fixed an issue with printing; pushed Firefox 39; further locked....
Alan Baghumian has announced the availability of a second test release for Parsix GNU/Linux 8.0. The new development release, which carries the version number 8.0-TEST2, is based on Debian 8 "Jessie" and offers users UEFI support along with up to date versions of the GNOME desktop, LibreOffice and....