The OpenSSL flaw named Heartbleed is pretty huge. Many of us in the computer security industry are prone to hyperbole when a big exploit in a popular piece of software is announced, but I can't put it any better than Bruce Schneier did when he said, "On the scale of 1 to 10, this is an 11."
The Heartbleed Bug, a flaw in OpenSSL that would let attackers eavesdrop on Web, e-mail and some VPN communications, is a vulnerability that can be found not just in servers using it but also in network gear from Cisco and Juniper Networks. Both vendors say there's still a lot they are investigating about how Heartbleed impacts their products, and to expect updated advisories on a rolling basis.
Juniper detailed a long list in two advisories, one here and the other here. Cisco acted in similar fashion with its advisory.
If you've been waiting impatiently to get a pair of Google Glass, mark your calendar and grab your checkbook.
Google announced late Thursday that it will sell prototypes of the wearable computers for one day next week in an effort to expand its cadre of early testers, known as Explorers .
Microsoft's demand that Windows 8.1 users install this week's major update was another signal that the company is very serious about forcing customers to adopt its faster release strategy, experts said today.
"Microsoft is going to drag organizations and users into this new world of faster updates kicking and screaming," said Michael Silver of Gartner in an email. "Microsoft wants users to trust it to keep their systems updated. Maybe they figure forcing organizations to deploy [Windows 8.1 Update] will get them used to taking updates and keeping current."
Samsung's newest flagship is finally here. With the Galaxy S5, Samsung hopes to break out of the boring spec-bump-style upgrade that the company said hindered sales of the Galaxy S4. While the design is mostly the same (and we might say a little worse), Samsung's solution to consumer indifference is a boatload of extra features. With the S5, Samsung added things like a fingerprint scanner, a heart rate monitor, and water resistance.