Quotes of The Week: August 2nd-8th 2015

Welcome to the this week’s Quotes of the Week: one billion android phones vulnerable to bug, reflections on software in the auto industry and more.


One Billion Android Phones are Vulnerable to Bug

“These vulnerabilities are extremely dangerous because they do not require that the victim take any action to be exploited.”

Security researcher oshua J. Drake at IT firm  Zimperium who discovered a software bug in Android reveals how dangerous the bug could be. The software bug would allow a hacker to take over a users android phone by simply sending a text to that user. It danger lies in the face that the devices owner could do nothing to prevent this from happening. Read More here


Microsoft Fixed Crash Bug in Windows Just Days Before Launch

People who use Windows 10 Pro will be able to defer some software upgrades for “several months,” which will keep them current on security fixes but leave them behind on some of the newest features.

Just days before the launch of Windows 10 last week, Microsoft released a patch that caused the operating system to crash. Microsoft were quickly relasing a number of patches for various bugs in the lead up to the product launch. Read More here


A comment on software in the car industry

As more and more software appears in cars, the problems of patching them will grow. Our desktop and laptop computers can be set to auto-update, but with embedded systems it’s not so easy.

Bill Buchanan comments on the recent software issues with a number of car brands in the U.S. He compares the attitudes of the car industry to that of the software industry when it comes to acknowledging security researchers finding software bugs and reporting them. He argues that the auto industry needs to change it perception of bug hunters and quickly. Read More here


World’s Biggest Bug Payouts

James Forshaw, a security researcher at UK-based Context Information Security, picked up the full $100,000 bounty for detailing a bug that worked around some protections in the preview version of Windows 8.1.

A nice list of the biggest payouts for software bugs from some of the world’s biggest software companies. Read More here.


Biggest Security Update in History

“My guess is that this is the single largest software update the world has ever seen…hundreds of millions of devices are going to be updated in the next few days. It’s incredible.”

Our closing story is related to our opening story. After revealing last week that there was a major bug in Android, Google has repsonded with the announcement of a patch rollout this week that should fix the vulnurability in these devices. Adrian Ludwig, lead engineer for Android security at Google commented that it could be the biggest software update in history. Read More here



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