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Don't go until you've shut these remote-code exec holes

True to its word, Microsoft released nine security patches this month, two of which are rated as critical.

itwbennett writes: The first large-scale analysis of firmware has revealed poor security practices that could present opportunities for hackers probing the Internet of Things. Researchers with Eurecom, a technology-focused graduate school in France, developed a web crawler that plucked more than 30,000 firmware images from the websites of manufacturers including Siemens, Xerox, Bosch, Philips, D-Link, Samsung, LG and Belkin. In one instance, the researchers found a Linux kernel that was 10 years out of date bundled in a recently released firmware image. They also uncovered 41 digital certificates in firmware that were self-signed and contained a private RSA encryption key and 326 instances of terms that could indicate the presence of a backdoor.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Updates a-comin' for those who haven't traded up to version 7

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7 hit general availability in July, but that doesn't mean Shadowman has stopped polishing the version 6 branch of its flagship Linux distribution, despite it being nearly four years old.

Want a more up-to-date Red Hat Enterprise Linux but not ready to jump all the way the RHEL 7? Then this beta is for you.

With retro-styled visuals and plinky soundscapes, I couldn't resist taking old-school rhythm-based puzzle game 'Micron' for a spin.

The post Retro-Styled Rhythmic Puzzle Game ‘Micron’ Hits All The Right Notes first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Network throws hat into ring with Linux-powered handsets

Dented Linux mobile OS Sailfish has taken a new route to market as Three in Hong Kong prepares to start selling the smartphone-that-could-have-been from Jolla.

Blocks and Files Storage-compute box maker aiming for $200m-a-year sales

Simplivity makes scale-out converged server-storage Omnicubes, and you have to rip-and-replace your IT infrastructure to make the best use of them. This sounds like a hard sell, but many of its customers are doing just that as the startup heads towards a $200m run-rate.

Hot Chips 26 * Relatively speaking – this SoC tries to be low-power, data-center-grade

AMD today sheds more light on its "Seattle" 64-bit ARM architecture processor at the Hot Chips conference in Cupertino, California.