Tag Archives: Windows

New WireGuardNT shatters throughput ceilings on Windows

Enlarge / Forget bendable mobile phones—we’re holding out for working mobile phone plushies. reader comments 26 with 21 posters participating, including story author Share this story The WireGuard VPN project announced a major milestone for its Windows users today—an all-new, kernel-mode implementation of the VPN protocol called WireGuardNT. The new implementation allows for massively improved throughput… Read More »

Two-for-Tuesday vulnerabilities send Windows and Linux users scrambling

reader comments 116 with 71 posters participating Share this story The world woke up on Tuesday to two new vulnerabilities—one in Windows and the other in Linux—that allow hackers with a toehold in a vulnerable system to bypass OS security restrictions and access sensitive resources. As operating systems and applications become harder to hack, successful… Read More »

Microsoft’s emergency patch fails to fix critical “PrintNightmare” vulnerability

reader comments 39 with 29 posters participating Share this story An emergency patch Microsoft issued on Tuesday fails to fully fix a critical security vulnerability in all supported versions of Windows that allows attackers to take control of infected systems and run code of their choice, researchers said. The threat, colloquially known as PrintNightmare, stems… Read More »

“Expert” hackers used 11 zerodays to infect Windows, iOS, and Android users

reader comments 39 with 32 posters participating Share this story A team of advanced hackers exploited no fewer than 11 zeroday vulnerabilities in a nine-month campaign that used compromised websites to infect fully patched devices running Windows, iOS, and Android, a Google researcher said. Using novel exploitation and obfuscation techniques, a mastery of a wide… Read More »

Bitflips when PCs try to reach windows.com: What could possibly go wrong?

reader comments 88 with 61 posters participating, including story author Share this story Bitflips are events that cause individual bits stored in an electronic device to flip, turning a 0 to a 1 or vice versa. Cosmic radiation and fluctuations in power or temperature are the most common naturally occurring causes. Research from 2010 estimated… Read More »

Zero-days under active exploit are keeping Windows users busy

reader comments 35 with 22 posters participating Share this story It’s the second Tuesday of February, and that means Microsoft and other software makers are releasing dozens of updates to fix security vulnerabilities. Topping off this month’s list are two zero-days under active exploit and critical networking flaws that allow attackers to remotely execute malicious… Read More »

Hackers used 4 zero-days to infect Windows and Android devices

reader comments 8 with 8 posters participating Share this story Google researchers have detailed a sophisticated hacking operation that exploited vulnerabilities in Chrome and Windows to install malware on Android and Windows devices. Some of the exploits were zero-days, meaning they targeted vulnerabilities that at the time were unknown to Google, Microsoft, and most outside… Read More »

Google’s Project Zero discloses Windows 0day that’s been under active exploit

reader comments 18 with 15 posters participating Share this story Google’s project zero says that hackers have been actively exploiting a Windows zeroday that isn’t likely to be patched until almost two weeks from now. In keeping with long-standing policy, Google’s vulnerability research group gave Microsoft a seven-day deadline to fix the security flaw because… Read More »