Patches for servers and clients already out there – get updating just in caseYou should update your installations to versions 2.4.3 or 2.3.17 as soon as you can just to be on the safe side.The four holes were found by Guido Vranken, who took a fuzzer to the widely used VPN software, and worked independently of the OpenVPN team's big code audit this year.First in the list is CVE-2017-7521, a cockup in extract_x509_extension() function which deals with SSL certificates.It is possible for a remote authenticated user to craft and send over a certificate that either crashes an OpenVPN service, or triggers a double-free() to potentially gain remote code execution within the server.Vranken was unable to demonstrate remote-code execution was possible, arguing it was achievable in theory.
Arista's long slog back to the shelves in America continues with an initial determination from the International Trade Commission okaying its product redesign.As part of the long-running legal slugfest between Arista and Cisco, the Trade Commission banned the import of Arista products it alleged infringed a Cisco patent.Arista redesigned its EOS to make its products comply, but the to-and-fro continued: first, US Customs and Border Protection said the reworked operating system was okay to import, then, responding to an appeal from Cisco, another investigation was launched into the so-called "'944 case".Today's initial determination takes another step towards laying that part of the legal battle to rest – if the decision stands when the ITC's final determination is issued in September, and Arista will be able to import products that no longer infringe on US patents 7,162,537, 7,200,145 and 6,741,592.The dispute is portrayed differently by the two parties.Arista reckons Cisco is throwing its weight around to stymie a competitor.
Sega is bringing a collection of its best retro games to Android and iOS devices and you won’t have to pay a penny to play them.The new Sega Forever collection features five Mega Drive (Genesis) classics, including the original Sonic the Hedgehog, Altered Beast, Comix Zone, Phantasy Star II and Kid Chameleon.Related: Sonic Mania - Everything we knowThe free-to-play collection will be updated with additional titles every two weeks, with Sega promising SG100, Master System, Dreamcast and Saturn games will among those coming to the collection.Some games will be official emulations while those from the Saturn and Dreamcast library will be direct ports, a Sega spokesperson told Ars Technica.Sega's collection will include online leaderboards, cloud saves and support for games controllers.
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Senate Intelligence Committee frustrated by lack of detailsIn a public hearing into election hacking held by the US Senate Intelligence Committee, the Department of Homeland Security's acting director of the cyber division, Dr Samuel Liles, claimed that the electoral systems of 21 as-yet-unnamed states were tested by hackers from the Russian government in October last year.The attackers used a variety of publicly known exploits and software vulnerabilities to try to get into election registration and management systems, but not the vote tallying equipment itself.Liles said that of the 21 states that were probed, only a few actually got cracked."A small number of the networks were successfully exploited," he said.Jeanette Manfra, acting director of Homeland Security's national protection and programs directorate, backed up Liles' claims.
IT giant's market cap soars after (mostly) strong financialsOracle says it has finally turned the corner with its cloud compute transition as it reports big gains for the business, both in the quarter and the fiscal year.The database giant said that its cloud and SaaS units now account for more than 10 per cent of its total revenue haul and will take on an even larger share of the total business going forward.For the Q4 FY 2017 period, ending May 31st:Revenues of $10.9bn were up 3 per cent from last year's $10.6bn and better than analysts' estimated $10.5bn.Net income was $3.2bn, a 15 per cent jump from $2.8bn in Q4 2016.
Dipping bread in a bowl of fresh, extra virgin olive oil ranks as one of the most pleasurable gastronomic experiences possible.But as this new Reactions video explains, there’s more to this delicious and surprisingly healthy condiment than meets the eye.Olive oil is a staple in many kitchens, yet it’s a condiment many of us take for granted.This delicious oil, in addition to bringing salads and bread to life, can be used in cooking, as an effective paint and grease remover, a remedy for ear wax, and even as hair conditioner.But for those of us who use it in the kitchen with reckless abandon (raises hand), not all olive oil is created equally—nor does it all taste the same.The American Chemical Society takes a look at some of the chemistry behind olive oil, including the best way to use it, why it draws bad LDL cholesterol from our bloodstreams, and how some manufacturers add unsavoury ingredients to the olives during the extraction process.
Grab your camping gear and prepare for August 21The Sun, Moon and Earth will sit perfectly in a line.A shadow of darkness will be cast over the Earth in a 70-mile (112-kilometre)-wide swath.The eclipse will begin its sweep over Lincoln Beach, Oregon, at 9:05am PDT and make it to Charleston, South Carolina, at 2:48pm EDT.Those in the rest of the country – in the penumbral shadow – will see a partial eclipse.Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA, said this year's event, dubbed the Great American Eclipse, is not only important for science but is a chance to observe nature’s impact on Earth.
Government senators play the 'this is fine' cardThe inquiry was set up by the Labor opposition with the support of The Greens, and its report was tabled in the Senate last night.The government began to automate the process of determining overpayments last year, and with reduced human oversight, errors accumulated in a process that compared fortnightly payments from Centrelink with yearly income reported to the Australian Tax Office.Incorrect debt notices plagued the system, and in April the Commonwealth Ombudsman issued a sharply critical report into the operation of the “Online Compliance Intervention” (OCI) system worked.The Senate report lays out the scale of the train-wreck, saying OCI notices were issued to 200,000 people at the rate of 20,000 per week.In spite of this, the error rate was so high and the recovery rate so low that of its AU$300 million target for 2016-2017, the first six months of the program only yielded $24 million in recovered payments.
Both consoles support 4K HDR content through the HDR 10 standard, and both have UHD Blu-ray disc drives.It’s not clear how this will work when the One X launches, or indeed what extra goodies games with the label will actually get.The One S can be found with as little as 500GB of storage, up to 2TB, all on mechanical hard disks.The One X comes with a 1TB hard disk with 8GB of flash storage.For home cinema enthusiasts who want to watch 4K video content and play a few games, the One S continues to be a great choice.A microSD slot continues to sit tucked away with the nano-SIM, the criminally underrated Qi wireless charging is also present, and the device is IP68 water- and dust-resistant too, so it will survive a dunk in water for 30 minutes to depths of 1.5 metres.
The year's biggest gaming event, E3 2017, certainly didn't disappoint, with this year's gathering treating us not only to a slew of awesome new games, but fresh hardware as well.Yes, as expected, Microsoft fully spilled the beans on the Xbox One X, and it looks like it has been worth the wait.The processor is cooled using a liquid vapour chamber, a technique that’s becoming more common on more compact devices.There’s also a brand-new power-management system for the most efficient delivery of electricity seen on an Xbox console.And finally, Microsoft revealed the Xbox One X's price and release date.Here's a quick breakdown of all the key Xbox One X specs:
Virgin Mobile is taking the remarkable step of becoming the first carrier in the United States to go iPhone-only.The company has announced a new and aptly-named Inner Circle plan that offers unlimited* data for $1 (about 80p) for the first 12-months and $50-a-month thereafter.To access the deal you’ll need to buy an iPhone from Virgin, which is currently offering the SE, 6, 6s, 6s Plus, 7 and 7 Plus models.You'll also need to jump on the offer before July 31 to get the full 12-months at the special rate.And then there’s everything else,” the company says (via 9to5Mac) of the only plan it appears to be offering right now.“At Virgin Mobile, we’re teaming with Apple to offer you nothing but the world’s most popular phone.
Following yesterday’s OnePlus 5 launch event, there’s now a new gold standard for flagship phone specs; a whopping 8GB of RAM.Elsewhere, the as-yet-unannounced Nokia 9 is expected to lead the way for HMD Global’s Nokia Android line.That camera set up might well have been confirmed by a leak last month.This is a dedicated Bixby button – which I'll cover in more detail in the Software section – and while it shows Samsung is taking its new virtual assistant seriously, it feels too much for Bixby to have its own button.Unlike with the G6, though, the display here melts into the sturdy metal rim.Accidental touches were common on older Edge phones, with your hand hitting the screen when you were just holding the device, but I haven't experienced this with the S8.
If you’ll pardon the pun, with hindsight, Google Glass was a device that arrived way before its time.As tech gears up for an augmented reality revolution, Google’s efforts to pioneer it were run out of town in a wave of privacy fears over head-worn cameras.However, much like R2-D2 in The Force Awakens, the Google Glass specs have been awoken from their slumber by the first bit of action in a long, long time.Yes, Google has issued the first update since September 2014, bringing Bluetooth support to the headset for the first time.Google is also giving the code a clean up, bringing some performance boosts to the neglected piece of nascent AR tech.So, does this mean a revival could be on the cards, now the likes of Microsoft HoloLens has capitalised on the heat Google took from its initial forays?
If Samsung launches the Galaxy Note 8 in mid-August, as recently reported, it could leave the IFA 2017 tech show in Berlin without a headline-making mainstream phone launch to look forward to.However, do not fear, because LG is here.According to reports form its Korean homeland, LG is planning to introduce the latest of its V-Series handsets in the German capital.If ETNews' sources are correct, we’d likely see the LG V30 unveiled on Sunday August 31, ahead of the main show kicking off on Monday September 1.The series, which is notable for a secondary display above the main screen, made headlines last year when it launched as the first smartphone packing Android Nougat out of the box.Whether LG has managed a repeat performance with Android O for the LG V30 remains to be seen.
Uranus is the loneliest thing in the solar system.It hasn’t had contact with anyone in over 30 years, since NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft whizzed by it on January 24th, 1986.Thankfully, some good folks at NASA and elsewhere are advocating for missions to Uranus and its Ice Giant companion, Neptune, which could take place at some point in the next few decades.Neptune and Uranus, the so-called “ice giants,” are different from Jupiter and Saturn (the “gas giants”), in the sense that their mass is roughly 65% water and other ices, like methane and ammonia.Despite knowing so little about ice giants, the scientists behind the new mission study suggest these planets are incredibly common in our galaxy.A mission to either Neptune or Uranus could help us better understand exoplanets we haven’t found yet.
You’re probably aware of some of the challenges of sending astronauts to space.There’s more potential harm from the Sun’s rays, unshielded by the Earth’s atmosphere, but also from cosmic rays hailing from the depths of space.Unfortunately, we can’t really recreate this radiation environment on Earth to test its effects on biological tissue—rather, we rely on a few beams of a few different high-energy particles to simulate it.“It’s time proven physics that has been pretty well validated experimentally.”Space radiation isn’t just a few subatomic particles or high-energy light rays.It consists of a whole slew of fast-moving charged elements from the periodic table.
An ongoing reexamination of an ancient Egyptian wooden toe is shedding new light on how the remarkable wooden prosthetic was manufactured, and whether it was used for cosmetic or functional purposes.It’s called the Greville Chester Great Toe, and it’s one of the earliest prosthetic devices known to scientists.The Iron Age prosthetic was discovered by archaeologists 17 years ago in a plundered tomb that was carved into an older burial chamber known as Sheikh ´Abd el-Qurna, an acropolis just west of Luxor, Egypt.A team of researchers from the University of Basel and the University of Zurich are currently reexamining the device, and the archaeological site itself, using state-of-the-art techniques—and they’re learning some extraordinary new things about it.According to the new research, which is still unpublished, the artificial toe belonged to the daughter of a priest.Given the quality and craftsmanship involved, however, it must’ve been a priest of high social standing.
So here's something I thought I'd never say - this is a seriously cool printer.Toshiba has released its second-generation erasable toner printer, the e-STUDIO4508LP.Basically it lets you re-use paper - up to five times.According to Toshiba, assuming you uses a sheet of paper five times, and you print 4,000 erasable pages per month, they can save 80 per cent of your paper usage.And this means that after five years you'll have saved almost 200,000 sheets of paper.So in other words, the same amount of paper which you would usually use in one year, will now last five years.
Retail giant prefers partners not feed Amazon their cloud cashFollowing reports that it was asking technology partners who develop for or sell products at its stores not to patronize the Amazon-owned cloud service, Walmart issued a statement explaining its stance."Our vendors have the choice of using any cloud provider that meets their needs and their customers' needs," Walmart said."It shouldn't be a big surprise that there are cases in which we'd prefer our most sensitive data isn't sitting on a competitor's platform."This after a report from the Wall Street Journal alleged that Walmart was flat out telling its developers to get their apps off of AWS and onto Azure if they wanted to continue to do business with the box giant.Walmart's own response looks to soften that stance a bit, but acknowledges that those who want to do business with it are better off steering clear of Bezos and Co.
Imagine putting on a virtual reality headset, only for it to personally recognize you, no interaction necessary.Such functionality may be making its way to Samsung’s Gear VR headset, at least according to a patent that recently surfaced.This new patent details a means by which the Gear VR headset could know who is wearing it by analyzing the pressure points on the surfaces in contact with the wearer’s face and head.According to the patent, which was first spotted by Dutch website GalaxyClub, using the Gear VR may be far more convenient in the future.By implementing technology around the portion of the headset that rests on the wearer’s face, and perhaps also the headband, the headset will be able to tell who is wearing it based on the unique pressure profile caused by the structure of their face and head.Per the patent, this technology will act as a ‘control unit authenticating the [user],’ determining the user once they’ve registered their unique wearer profile with the device.
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