VirtualBox 5.2.6 released

Virtualbox[German]After releasing Virtualbox version 5.2.4 on December 19, 2017, Oracle has released another update on January 15, 2018 of its virtualization software VirtualBox Version 5.2.6. It’s a maintenance update.

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Seagate patched silently a security flaw in NAS devices

[German]Do you own a Seagate NAS device? Seagate has fixed quietly a security vulnerability in the firmware of their Seagate Personal Cloud Home Media Storage.

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Ubuntu 17.04 reached end of life

Another short message: Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) has reached the end of live date and there are no more updates. The version released on April 13, 2017 is no longer supported. There are also no more patches for the kernel. Users can switch to Ubuntu 17.10. Some information can also be found here.

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Microsoft Security Update Minor Revision (CVE-2018-0802)

SicherheitAnother short Microsoft addendum on security updates, which has been released on January 9, 2018. The security description for Office (CVE-2018-0802) has been slightly revised.

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Microsoft Security Advisory Notification January 10, 2018

Microsoft has released this night a new Security Advisory Notification – dated January 10, 2018. This notification lists revisions of Security Advisories released or updated recently. Here are the details.

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Meltdown and Spectre: What Windows users need to know

[German]At the beginning of the year, a design flaw (Meltdown) in Intel’s processors went public. Later on a 2nd attack, called Spectre, affecting nearly all processor have become public. OS vendors begun to rollout patches, to mitigate these security issues. In this blog post, I summarize information that is relevant and important for Windows users.

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Test: Is my browser vulnerable for Spectre attacks?

[German]Here’s a tip for users of devices, who are wondering, if their browser is vulnerable for Spectre attacks. The test is independent of the device and operating system and there is no need to install anything.

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How to mitigate Spectre in Google Chrome

This blog post shows, how to mitigate Google Chrome browser against the Spectre attack using Strict site isolation.

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Tool tip: Ashampo Spectre Meltdown CPU-Checker

[German]Today a short tip: How to check your Windows system for Meltdown and Spectre vulnerability? No, it doesn’t need rocket science, just a cool tool will do that test form you. 

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Microsoft Patchday: Office, Flash, Windows (January 9, 2018)

Windows Update[German]Microsoft’s patchday on January 9, 2018 just brought us a few updates for Adobe Flash, Windows 10 V1709, Office and NET Framework so far. This is due the fact, that Microsoft already released some updates last week, to fix the Meltdown/Spectrum vulnerabilities .

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