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12-year-old discovers Firefox flaw, earns $3000 in the process

October 24th, 2010

A few months ago, Mozilla threw down the gauntlet by asking developers to find major security flaws in Firefox in return for a $3000 reward. Enter, Alex Miller from San Jose, who spotted a critical security flaw hidden away in the Firefox code. Alex spent 90 minutes every day for 10 days before he stumbled …

Samsung and AT&T announce OTA software update for Captivate GPS bug

September 22nd, 2010

Today, Samsung and AT&T announced an over-the-air update for the Captivate handset to address the units GPS performance. As the two companies state: An update to improve the Samsung Captivate’s GPS performance is now available. Captivate customers will receive a notification on their device that an update is available and will simply need to download …

PSA: Twitter being ravaged by JavaScript flaw

September 21st, 2010

If you happen to be in your browser looking at twitter.com you may notice that the site is somewhat useless at the moment. Thanks to a JavaScript onMouseOver exploit, a nasty little bug is spreading through the micro-blogging site like wildfire. Simply mousing-over a carefully crafted tweet can redirect your browser to a website with …

Adobe reveals zero day exploit in Flash, Android affected

September 14th, 2010

Adobe has revealed a critical, zero day exploit in Adobe Flash that is affecting WIndows, Macintosh, Linux, Solaris, and Android systems. Adobe does not provide much detail about the issue, but does state that the vulnerability could “cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.” The post states …

Samsung working on GPS update for Galaxy S, due out in September

August 13th, 2010

This may not be the news you’re looking for, but at least it is something. Samsung web product analyst, Carla Saaverda, tweeted that her company is currently testing a software fix for the Galaxy S GPS bug and that it should be released sometime in September. Not really much else to say about it. What …

At least 10% of those who report security flaws to Mozilla turn down bug bounty

August 7th, 2010

In mid-July, Mozilla announced that it was upping its “bug bounty” from $500 to $3,000 for every critical, reproducible security flaw reported. Today, MacWorld is reporting that, “Between 10 percent and 15 percent of the serious security bugs reported since Mozilla launched its bug bounty program have been provided free of charge.” Mozilla spokesperson Johnathan Nightingale said: …

Motorola employee states Android 2.2 for DROID X due by "early September"

August 6th, 2010

Yesterday afternoon, a Motorola employee named Matt dropped this little nugget in the company’s official forums: Some Droid X users are experiencing an issue using Exchange 2003 email. Though the email is arriving on the Droid X, no notifications are appearing. A fix for this will be included in the upgrade to Android 2.2 scheduled for …

Microsoft releases patch to address Windows shortcut exploit

August 2nd, 2010

Today, Microsoft released an out-of-band patch for the Windows .lnk extension exploit that was announced several weeks ago. The exploit can allow unauthorized users to execute arbitrary code if an “icon of a specially crafted shortcut is displayed.” Microsoft said: “An attacker could disseminate a USB or other removable drive with a malicious shortcut file …