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Microsoft's canceled Surface Mini shows up in photos

Engadget - Mon, 2017-07-03 04:30
In the heady days of 2014, Microsoft had a dream of launching a smaller version of its nascent Surface tablets. The Surface Mini was a passion project of division chief Panos Panay, but it was axed by CEO Satya Nadella and EVP Stephen Elop shortly be...

'Severe' Systemd Bug Allowed Remote Code Execution For Two Years

SlashDot - Mon, 2017-07-03 03:34
ITWire reports: A flaw in systemd, the init system used on many Linux systems, can be exploited using a malicious DNS query to either crash a system or to run code remotely. The vulnerability resides in the daemon systemd-resolved and can be triggered using a TCP payload, according to Ubuntu developer Chris Coulson. This component can be tricked into allocating less memory than needed for a look-up. When the reply is bigger it overflows the buffer allowing an attacker to overwrite memory. This would result in the process either crashing or it could allow for code execution remotely. "A malicious DNS server can exploit this by responding with a specially crafted TCP payload to trick systemd-resolved in to allocating a buffer that's too small, and subsequently write arbitrary data beyond the end of it," is how Coulson put it. Affected Linux vendors have pushed out patches -- but the bug has apparently been present in systemd code since June of 2015. And long-time Slashdot reader walterbyrd also reports a recently-discovered bug where systemd unit files that contain illegal usernames get defaulted to root.

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You could win* some autographed Spider-Man swag! - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2017-07-03 03:01
Seven lucky readers will take home an autographed Spider-Man item.

Tesla will deliver the first 30 Model 3s on July 28th

Engadget - Mon, 2017-07-03 02:38
Tesla will start delivering its much-anticipated Model 3 EV this month, as promised. CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the company will have a "handover party for [the] first 30 customer Model 3s on the 28th." He added that production will grow exponentiall...

China's heavy-duty rocket fails in mid-flight

Engadget - Mon, 2017-07-03 02:36
China's space program has largely run smoothly (with notable exceptions), but it just ran into a serious obstacle. State media reports that a new heavy-duty rocket, the Long March 5 Y2, failed shortly after launch. Xinhua would only say that an "an...

Stephen Hawking: Trump could push the Earth over the brink - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2017-07-03 00:45
Commentary: In an interview with the BBC, the famed physicist says that the president's climate policies could turn our planet into Venus.

Linux Kernel 4.12 Officially Released

SlashDot - Mon, 2017-07-03 00:34
prisoninmate quotes Softpedia: After seven weeks of announcing release candidate versions, Linus Torvalds today informs the Linux community through a mailing list announcement about the general availability of the Linux 4.12 kernel series. Development on the Linux 4.12 kernel kicked off in mid-May with the first release candidate, and now, seven weeks later we can finally get our hands on the final release... A lot of great improvements, new hardware support, and new security features were added during all this time, which makes it one of the biggest releases, after Linux 4.9... Prominent features of the Linux 4.12 kernel include initial support for AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics cards, intial Nvidia GeForce GTX 1000 "Pascal" accelerated support, implementation of Budget Fair Queueing (BFQ) and storage-I/O schedulers, more MD RAID enhancements, support for Raspberry Pi's Broadcom BCM2835 thermal driver, a lot of F2FS optimizations, as well as ioctl for the GETFSMAP space mapping ioctl for both XFS and EXT4 filesystems. Linus said in announcing the release that "I think only 4.9 ends up having had more commits," also noting that 4.9 was a Long Term Support kernel, whereas "4.12 is just plain big." "There's also nothing particularly odd going on in the tree - it's all just normal development, just more of it than usual."

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Robert Downey Jr. drops hints about how long he'll play Iron Man - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2017-07-03 00:20
"I just want to hang up my jersey before it's embarrassing," the actor said in an interview.