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685 Million Users Exposed to XSS Attacks Due to Flaws in Branch.io Service

Websites such as Western Union, Tinder, Shopify, Yelp, Imgur, and more have been exposing their customers to XSS attacks due to a flaw in the Branch.io service used by major corporations around the world. "The Branch.io company provides the leading mobile linking platform, with solutions that unify user experience and measurement across different devices, platforms, and channels." The vpnMentor blog explains that the DOM-based XSS vulnerability would have worked on many different browsers and show how it could have been easily exploited. It is recommended that users change their passwords.

The fact that the vulnerability is DPM based and branch.io still isn't using CSP made these vulnerabilities easy to exploit in any browser we like. This meant that by modifying redirect strategy to a specially crafted payload to manipulate the DOM. go.tinder.com is an alias for custom.bnc.lt, a Branch.io resource. And many other companies have their alias pointing to it. Thanks to the fast response we got from Branch's security team, this vulnerability has now been fixed for everyone's domains.

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Posted by cageymaru October 15, 2018 4:22 PM (CDT)

der8auer Demonstrates How He Washes His Hardware Using a Dishwasher

"How can you put hardware in a dishwasher!?" der8auer’s latest video explores this seemingly risky concept as a way of washing substances such as Vaseline off of motherboards and memory sticks, which may be applied to prevent condensation under certain testing conditions. Naturally, there are some precautions that should be taken (e.g., removing the motherboard battery), but der8auer suggests the process is generally safe.
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Posted by Megalith October 14, 2018 4:00 PM (CDT)

Evidence of Supermicro Infected Hardware Found at U.S. Telecom

Bloomberg says that security expert Yossi Appleboum has found evidence of altered Supermicro hardware in a major U.S. telecom's network. Mr. Appleboum has worked for the Israeli Army Intelligence Corps and is now co-chief executive officer of Sepio Systems in Gaithersburg, Maryland. His company was hired to scan data centers for an undisclosed telecom and discovered that a server was performing unusual communications. An implant was discovered on the server's Ethernet connector. He says that his company has seen other modifications on hardware being imported from China and explained that Supermicro isn't the only victim of the Chinese supply chain.

In the case of the telecommunications company, Sepio's technology detected that the tampered Supermicro server actually appeared on the network as two devices in one. The legitimate server was communicating one way, and the implant another, but all the traffic appeared to be coming from the same trusted server, which allowed it to pass through security filters. Appleboum said one key sign of the implant is that the manipulated Ethernet connector has metal sides instead of the usual plastic ones. The metal is necessary to diffuse heat from the chip hidden inside, which acts like a mini computer. "The module looks really innocent, high quality and 'original' but it was added as part of a supply chain attack," he said.

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Posted by cageymaru October 09, 2018 3:28 PM (CDT)

Hardware Unboxed Analyzes Intel's Commissioned Core i9-9900K Benchmarks

Intel has commissioned Principled Technologies to run benchmarks of the upcoming i9-9900K CPU and pit it against older Intel CPUs and some AMD CPUs such as the AMD Ryzen 2700X, Threadripper 2990WX, and Threadripper 2950X. PCGamesN wrote a glowing article that has since been heavily edited, about how Intel's new chip was up to 50% faster than AMD's best. Reading over the original PCGamesN article you would have thought that sliced bread had just been invented and Intel was delivering us from the Dark Ages. To PCGamesN's credit they did run this article acknowledging that Hardware Unboxed found bias in the benchmarks, but they still have the flawed and biased Principled Technologies charts showcased on their website for all to see. Hardware Unboxed did a short analysis of a few of the benchmarks as their team felt that the i7-8700K benchmarks and the AMD Ryzen 2700X numbers were incorrect. They found that Principled Technologies had allegedly gimped the AMD CPUs by using different coolers, incorrect ram timings, and possibly even disabled some of the cores on the AMD Ryzen 2700X. To put this into perspective, on the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark that Hardware Unboxed ran, the AMD Ryzen 2700X was 18% faster and the i7-8700K was 4% slower, than the commissioned testing that Intel has published. They even showed how over a suite of games that the i7-8700K was only 9% faster than the AMD Ryzen 2700X in previous pure gaming benchmarks conducted by Hardware Unboxed. Yet in Intel's commissioned benchmark results, the AMD Ryzen 2700X was far, far, behind the Intel i7-8700K in performance metrics. This is why we never trust a manufacturer's benchmarks. Always wait for the review before buying hardware.

"Why is PCGamesN publishing this misleading data? Why aren't they tearing this obviously paid report; because they're very transparent that this is a paid report commissioned by Intel, why aren't they tearing it to shreds? Do they simply not know any better? I'm a bit worried or wondering if we might see other websites covering this report; perhaps paid to cover it. And I'm not accusing or saying that PCGamesN were paid by Intel. Doesn't look great and I suppose the very least it is very shoddy journalism."

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Posted by cageymaru October 09, 2018 8:21 AM (CDT)

ASUS and Newegg Showcase Intel 9th Gen CPUs and Z390 Motherboards

Newegg and ASUS have teamed up to showcase the new Intel 9th generation CPUs and Z390 motherboards. The spy shots of the ASUS ROG Dominus Extreme motherboard were awesome! There were quite a few ASUS boards shown during the livestream.

JJ from ASUS and JC from Newegg team up for a deep dive into Intel's latest 9th Gen CPUs and supporting Z390 chipset. They'll also provide a breakdown on the full range of ASUS Z390 motherboards, from PRIME to STRIX to ROG and beyond.

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Posted by cageymaru October 08, 2018 3:32 PM (CDT)

Facebook Launches Their First Home Hardware

Facebook launched their first 2 home-grown hardware products today. The Portal and Portal+ both feature Alexa integration, 4 beamforming microphones, stereo speakers, and a "Smart Camera" that "uses AI to keep everyone in the frame - panning and zooming automatically no matter where the conversation goes." The base portal goes for $199 and features a 720p display, wile the Portal+ goes for $349 and features a tall 1080x1920 display. Facebook themselves aren't totally oblivious to privacy and security concerns, so on top of a software option to disable the camera and microphone array, they include a camera cover with the product. You can check out the promotional video on the website, and you can see the BBC's less flashy take on the device below:

Facebook doesn't listen to, view or keep the contents of your Portal video calls. Your Portal conversations stay between you and the people you're calling. In addition, video calls on Portal are encrypted, so your calls are always secure.

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Posted by alphaatlas October 08, 2018 10:26 AM (CDT)

MSI MEG Z390 ACE Unboxing and Intel 9000 CPU Discussion

We take a look at the MSI MEG Z390 ACE motherboard, and discuss Intel's 9000-series Coffee Lake refresh. Check it out in the video below.
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Posted by alphaatlas October 08, 2018 7:30 AM (CDT)

Assassin's Creed Odyssey Will Only Work on CPUs That Support AVX

A patch isn’t out of the question, but the current version of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will not work with CPUs lacking support for Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX). DSO Gaming explains these are extensions to the x86 instruction set architecture introduced in second-generation Intel Core Sandy Bridge processors and AMD Bulldozer processors.

On its official forum, Ubisoft has stated that it currently does not have any plans to support CPUs that lack support for the AVX extensions. According to reports, this may be due to the inclusion of the Denuvo anti-tamper tech so it will be interesting to see whether the game will run on such CPUs when – and if – it ever gets cracked. Unless of course Ubisoft updates the game in order to officially support these CPUs in a future patch.

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Posted by Megalith October 07, 2018 2:10 PM (CDT)

Sony May Be Adding Hardware V-Sync Support to the PlayStation 5

In yet another PlayStation 5 rumor spurred by a patent filed this year by Sony, the inevitable upgrade will supposedly boast hardware-based V-Sync. While this concept is nothing new for the PC crowd, console folks and developers should be pleased to know that an alternative to capping frame rates may be on the way for eliminating screen tearing.

One of the main reasons consoles haven’t properly implemented V-Sync yet is the process is very taxing on the GPU. Sony may have something up their sleeves if they’re confident enough to implement it in the PlayStation 5. Some games on consoles like Street Fighter V do support V-Sync but that’s software, where the output frame is buffered until the display is ready to accept it.

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Posted by Megalith October 07, 2018 1:05 PM (CDT)

Task Manager CPU Usage is Broken in the October 2018 Update

According to a Reddit user, the Task Manager is showing incorrect CPU usage in the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. Per application CPU usage appears to be understated. Microsoft acknowledged this bug in a previous Windows build, but apparently it managed to slip into the current release. Thanks to Joe Wood for the tip.

On Patch Tuesday (October 9), Microsoft is expected to ship a new cumulative update for Windows 10 October 2018 Update with a fix for the Task Manager bug and other issues. Microsoft has tried to refine Task Manager in the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809). The Task Manager now shows you the power usage of each process on your Windows 10 device and there's another column called "Power Usage Trend" that shows you the longer-term trend.

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Posted by alphaatlas October 04, 2018 9:33 AM (CDT)

AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su to Keynote at CES 2019

AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su is scheduled to deliver a keynote address at the upcoming CES 2019 event. In 2019 AMD is expected to release the world's first 7nm high-performance CPUs and GPUs. "During her CES keynote, Dr. Su and guests will provide a view into the diverse applications for new computing technologies ranging from solving some of the world's toughest challenges to the future of gaming, entertainment and virtual reality with the potential to redefine modern life." Dr, Lisa Su's speech will be the first CES keynote from AMD in show history. In other news, Dr. Lisa Su has been inducted into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). "Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer." Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature" and to "the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."

"AMD is transforming the future of computing in our ever-expanding digital world and revolutionizing the $35 billion gaming industry," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA. "We look forward to Dr. Su's keynote as she paints a picture of the next-generation of computing that will help redefine the future of gaming and virtual entertainment."

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Posted by cageymaru October 03, 2018 12:51 PM (CDT)

Apple's Hardware-Centric Focus Keeps It From Growth in Emerging Technologies

Apple has remained a hardware-centric company but supply chain makers in Taiwan have begun questioning the company's business model. Competitors of Apple are branching off into emerging tech such as IoT, cloud service and AI to shore up their portfolios. This is in stark contrast to Apple which has focused on expensive hardware releases and a closed ecosystem. Taiwan supply chain makers are watching the sales of Apple iPhone products to see if Apple can continue the trend of expanding its market share.

But the fact that Amazon and Google have been making headway in the voice interface market against Siri indicates that Apple's traditional strategy of promoting its hardware devices using its brand premium under a closed ecosystem may not be much of an advantage anymore, commented the sources. The shortcoming of such a policy is more evidence in the sale of Apple TV and HomePad products and has also resulted in a slowdown in shipments of MacBook and iMac prior to their product life cycles, pointed the sources.

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Posted by cageymaru October 02, 2018 2:07 PM (CDT)