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Sennheiser discloses monumental blunder that cripples HTTPS on PCs and Macs

Enlarge (credit: Sennheiser) Audio device maker Sennheiser has issued a fix for a monumental software blunder that makes it easy for hackers to carry out man-in-the-middle attacks that cryptographically impersonate any big-name website on the Internet. Anyone who has ever used the company’s HeadSetup for Windows or macOS should take action immediately, even if users later uninstalled the app. To allow Sennheiser headphones and speaker phones to work seamlessly with computers, HeadSetup establishes an encrypted Websocket with a browser. It does this by installing a self-signed TLS certificate in the central place an operating system reserves for storing browser-trusted certificate authority roots. In Windows, this location is called the Trusted Root CA certificate store . On Macs, it’s known as the macOS Trust Store . A few minutes to find, years to exploit The critical HeadSetup vulnerability stems from a self-signed root certificate installed by version 7.3 of the app that kept the private cryptographic key in a format that could be easily extracted. Because the key was identical for all installations of the software, hackers could use the root certificate to generate forged TLS certificates that impersonated any HTTPS website on the Internet. Although the self-signed certificates were blatant forgeries, they will be accepted as authentic on computers that store the poorly secured certificate root. Even worse, a forgery defense known as certificate pinning would do nothing to detect the hack. Read 10 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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After Orlando let its pilot with Amazon’s facial “Rekognition” tech expire amid public outcry in June, FOIA docs show a new pilot has begun under a…

Davey Alba / BuzzFeed News : After Orlando let its pilot with Amazon's facial “Rekognition” tech expire amid public outcry in June, FOIA docs show a new pilot has begun under a mutual NDA   —  Walking around downtown Orlando, you might not notice the lightbulb-sized camera affixed to one of the traffic signal poles along …

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review: Hands-On – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review: Hands-On Ubergizmo Note: This initial “hands-on” review of the new Huawei Mate 20 Pro is based on the time we spent with pre-release devices. We will update this page with our full review, based on tests and measurements as this device goes through the Ubergizmo Lab. and more »

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Snapchat Adds Filters For Cats – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo Snapchat Adds Filters For Cats Ubergizmo Snapchat has a variety of filters that you can use to add some exuberance to your selfies but what about your cats? The app now has your feline friends covered as well. Snapchat now has filters for cats so the next time you take a selfie with your ... and more »

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New Palm Phone Details Officially Revealed – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo New Palm Phone Details Officially Revealed Ubergizmo It was reported earlier this year that TCL will be reviving the Palm brand by launching a new Android-powered smartphone. An image of this device leaked online a couple of months back and now it's finally official. The first Palm phone has been ... and more »

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Premiere Rush CC is Adobe’s new all-in-one video editing tool for desktop and mobile

Earlier this year, Adobe previewed Project Rush , a new multi-platform video editing tool. Today, at its Mac conference, the company announced that Project Rush is now Premiere Rush CC and an official part of the Creative Cloud suite. The idea behind Rush is pretty straightforward. It’s meant to provide video creators with a modern all-in-one video editing solution that allows them to quickly edit a video and publish it on platforms like YouTube and other social networks. Indeed, it’s very much meant to be the video editing tool for the YouTube generation. Rush takes the core parts of Adobe’s suite of video and audio editing tools and combines them in a single mobile and desktop experience. That means you get a set of Motion Graphics templates, for example, that were specifically designed to give Rush users easy access to customizable titles. The color correction system is built on top of the same technology that powers the more fully featured and complicated Premiere Pro editing tool. And the audio-editing features, including one-click ducking, are powered by the same code as their counterparts in Audition. All of those edits easily sync between platforms, giving creators the ability to start editing on their phone, for example, and then finish their work on a laptop. The current version of Rush is pretty much what Adobe announced a few months ago, but the company also used today’s announcement to preview what’s next. Soon, you’ll also be able to edit on Android (Adobe promises a release in 2019) and get speed controls so you can speed up and slow down your videos (a feature that YouTube creators are bound to overuse), as well as the ability to more easily create different versions of your videos for multiple platforms.

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