Spectre Patches Reach More CPUs as New Attack Variants Appear

Intel has released microcode patches to address the Spectre vulnerability on additional families of CPUs. Meanwhile, researchers have found a new way of implementing the Meltdown and Spectre attacks, but the variants are covered by existing patches. “We have now released production microcode updates to our OEM customers and partners for Kaby Lake- and Coffee..
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Cisco Report Confirms Cyber Attacks More Sophisticated

An annual report on the state of cybersecurity released Feb. 21 by Cisco Systems suggests cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated and devious in their attacks to compromise IT environments. Based on a survey of 3,600 chief security officers (CSOs) and security operations (SecOps) managers from 26 countries, the report finds the volume of instances in..
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Report: Software Vulnerabilities Increased 30 Percent in 2017

The number of software vulnerabilities recorded last year grew by 31 percent compared to 2016 and one-third of them have public exploits, according to a new report. Vulnerability intelligence firm Risk Based Security, which maintains its own vulnerability database called VulnDB, recorded a total of 20,832 security flaws last year. Around 7,900 of those flaws..
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Identity Documents Exposed in FedEx-Owned Amazon S3 Bucket

More than 119,000 scanned identity documents, including passports and drivers’ licenses, belonging to people from the United States and abroad were exposed in an insecure Amazon S3 storage bucket. The storage bucket belonged to a company called Bongo International that provided services for cross-border transactions between U.S.-based online merchants and international customers, complete with anti-fraud..
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Security Boulevard’s 5 Most-Read Stories for the Week, Feb. 12-16

Another week has gone by with our fair share of security stories. This week the 2018 Winter Olympic Games dominated the headlines, as well as the cyberattacks on the Olympics website. Missed out on any of the news this week? Here are the five most-read stories on Security Boulevard to help you out. Be sure..
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Microsoft Fixes 50 Flaws in Windows, Outlook, Office and Browsers

Microsoft released patches for 50 vulnerabilities in Windows, Office, Outlook, Edge and Internet Explorer, 14 of which are rated critical. The company also released additional protections for the Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities for older 32-bit versions of Windows 10, including Windows 10 for HoloLens. The most urgent patch is for a critical flaw (CVE-2018-0825)..
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Hackers Exploit Right-to-Left Override Bug in Telegram to Distribute Malware

Hackers have exploited a bug in how Telegram’s Windows messaging client displays file names that contain a right-to-left override (RLO) character, to infect users with malware. The RLO character, represented by “U+202E” in Unicode, indicates that the text following it should be displayed from right to left. This is useful for languages like Arabic, but..
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Destructive Malware Used to Attack Winter Olympics Infrastructure

The Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, started off with a cyberattack that disrupted the games’ official website and caused technical problems in the press center at the Olympic Stadium shortly before the opening ceremony Feb. 9. Winter Olympics officials confirmed that the games were hit by a cyberattack, but didn’t provide any other..
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Lenovo Warns ThinkPads Vulnerable to Wi-Fi Flaws

Lenovo has warned customers that 24 models of its ThinkPad laptops, which are popular with business users, are affected by two critical vulnerabilities in Broadcom wireless controllers. The flaws, tracked as CVE-2017-11120 and CVE-2017-11121, were discovered last year by researchers from Google’s Project Zero and were patched in both Android and iOS devices in September...
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Intel Releases Microcode Spectre Patches for Skylake CPUs

Intel continues to release CPU microcode updates that include mitigation for the Spectre vulnerability announced in January. This week the company released fixes for several CPUs on the Skylake platform. The company’s first batch of microcode updates released a month ago, caused reboots and other unexpected behavior for systems running Haswell and Broadwell CPUs. OEMs..
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