Release: WordPress 4.7.1

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WordPress, the open-source blogging and CMS platform, has released version 4.7.1, a security update to version 4.7. The update fixes eight (8) major security issues as well as sixty-two (62) other various bugs found in 4.7. Remote code execution (RCE) in PHPMailer – No specific issue appears to affect WordPress or any of the major… Continue reading Release: WordPress 4.7.1

Chrome Changes: Encryption Notification

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Google Chrome version 56 (based on the open-source Chromium web browser) is scheduled to be released at the end of the month. One of the major user-level changes is how sites without encryption will appear. Until now there has just been a lowercase letter “i” with a circle around it — this was typically an indicator… Continue reading Chrome Changes: Encryption Notification

System 3: Original Constructor Free!

Screenshot showing the re-imagined construction manager screen allowing you to add or remove personnel to/from a sawmill that produces wood for construction.

If  you didn’t know, System 3 Software is remaking the 1997 classic video game Constructor! Originally they were going to call it Constructor HD – essentially re-writing the original to work better on the latest PCs with high resolution graphics – however they now feel that enough is being added that it will also be… Continue reading System 3: Original Constructor Free!

Intel Pushes Moore’s Law Along: 10 nm

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Moore’s Law (which states the number of transistors per square inch doubles roughly every twelve {12} to eighteen {18} months) has had repeated claims that it would end as the limits of silicon are hit and the size approaches that where quantum effects take over, yet it keeps proving the naysayers wrong. IEEE Spectrum reports… Continue reading Intel Pushes Moore’s Law Along: 10 nm

2016: Banner Year for Encryption

Graph showing the massive issuance of new secure/encryption certificates throughout 2016.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) reported that the number of websites utilizing encryption (HTTPS) to secure the traffic between the browser and the web server. For the first time since the inception of the Internet, the majority (more than half) of internet traffic was encrypted! It did not matter the size: large and small websites… Continue reading 2016: Banner Year for Encryption

Mass Manufacturing Graphene: New Method

The ideal crystalline structure of graphene is a hexagonal grid. By AlexanderAlUS on Wikimedia Commons.

Graphene has been expected to be the next big idea in electronics, medical, and many other fields for quite some time. The properties of graphene outpace that of traditional materials used today. However, mass-manufacturing the single-molecule-layers of graphite (yes, “pencil lead”) has proven difficult, complex, and costly. But new methods are being worked on… Reported… Continue reading Mass Manufacturing Graphene: New Method

PHPMailer Vulnerability

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A new Remote Code Execution (RCE) vulnerability has been reported on Christmas but details were only recently released. PHPMailer has already issued a patch (though they are not 100% confident in it), and WordPress (which uses PHPMailer) is considering issuing a security patch for current versions as well. The vulnerability allows the FROM address, when… Continue reading PHPMailer Vulnerability

Yet Another Yahoo! Security Issue

The Yahoo! logo that was introduced in 2013 and features dual-tone purple/violet thin-walled lettering.

Yahoo! has fixed a major security flaw. This one was with their Yahoo! Mail email service that allowed an attacker to embed JavaScript in an email and have it execute. This would allow an attacker to gain access to all of a person’s email and Yahoo! account just by them opening an infected email. How was… Continue reading Yet Another Yahoo! Security Issue