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  • HP printer? Over 100 inkjet models have two critical bugs so patch now, warns HP

    Days after launching its printer bug bounty offering up to $10,000 for researchers to find "obscure defects" in its printers, HP has released two firmware fixes for two severe ink printer bugs.

    Hundreds of HP Inkjet printers are vulnerable to two critical remote code execution (RCE) vulnerabilities and need to be patched immediately, according to HP's Product Security Response Team (PSRT).

  • Staff dust off their typewriters after malware attack

    Sophisticated malware has taken down systems in at least two Alaskan municipalities in an attack that officials say is the worst they have ever seen. The Alaskan Borough of Matanuska-Susitna (Mat Su) and the City of Valdez have both been hit.

    At Mat Su, everything from email to the electronic door key swiping system was affected. The Borough first noticed infections in its endpoints on 17 July when an update to its antivirus software spotted a common Trojan banking program on Windows 7 machines (but not its Windows 10 computers).

    The software didn’t notice a range of other malware that the Trojan was infecting endpoints with. It was only a few days later that the Borough noticed issues with 60 of its 500 computers, information technology director Eric Wyatt told local radio reporters.

  • Ubuntu 16.04.5 LTS adds support for Spectre Variant 2 Mitigation for Pentium Silver N/J5xxx, Celeron N/J4xxx, Xeon E5/E7 v4 and Core i7-69xx/68xx
  • New wi-fi crack attack allows outsiders to snag user creds

    Researchers have accidentally discovered a new attack on the wi-fi protected access protocols used in wireless access points that makes it easier for outsiders to capture access credentials.

    The new attack captures the Pairwise Master Key Identifier (PMKID) and - according to the Hashcat password recovery utility developers that devised it - works against 802.11i/p/q/r networks with roaming functions enabled, which covers most modern routers.

    Hashcat developer Jens "Atom" Steube explained to iTnews that the biggest difference between the new method and prior WPA/WPA2 cracks is that an attacker no longer needs another user to be on the target network to capture credentials - "simply starting the authentication process will do".

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