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Incoming Weirdness Across The Net Today

We are going to see a bunch of weirdness today as all major software vendors are patching their infrastructure against some serious hardware flaws in all CPU chips today. Your machine may say it cannot activate..certain Internet based things may be slow or not work at all…there could be simply strange slowdowns or malfunctions. This is due to massive patching and subsequent rebooting on things all over the net. For folks on-premises stuff patches will […]


Damage Control Begins RE: Intel Hardware Bug

Intel is in full damage control mode about their hardware flaw….unfortunately they are trying to drag AMD down with them….however AMD is vulnerable only in its older CPU products.  Their latest product, XEN(or Ryzen) is not affected as of right now. This is an issue Intel created on its own…and the software development community went along for the ride for the sake of performance. Tomorrow…the full details should come out tomorrow..three CVE’s have already been […]



Is The Cloud About to Become Fog?

It very well could be. right now I am seeing signs about an embargoed(aka being kept secret) serious HARDWARE security problem RE: virtualization(aka the cloud) that affects Intel processors. The amount of software patching going on is massive and even open source software maintainers are keeping a lid on things. Eventually something will either leak or it will get disclosed. Get ready because it appears this could be something really big….I hope this is speculation […]


Net Neutrality. Karl Denninger Continues to Show the Flaws ...

I have run a small business myself and I can tell you this is 100% true.  There are folks online like Leo Laporte of Twit.tv who obviously has no idea about how networking operates because I routinely have heard him say the bits are free.  That’s absolutely false and I have talked about it as well in an earlier post.  I am not advocating for Comcast and Verizon but they are the biggest accused offenders.  […]



How bad is the IntelME problem?

Every machine Intel has shipped from 2007 to present has had this below firmware..below the operating system thing in it.  All Intel CPU’s use the ME to boot at first..then the bios takes over..then the OS. It is too bad it tool this long to come out.  Honestly, I never fully trusted any Intel machines(yes i am on one right now that is “patched”) but unfortunately AMD was never a truly competitive chip for the […]


AMD Pro…Any Better Than IntelME?

AMD is now releasing their Ryzen Pro cpu offerings for businesses.  AMD is claiming their “management” solution is more secure than IntelME.  Given the extremely low bar set by IntelME that’s not hard to accomplish.  I have not had the time to research the Ryzen Pro but I will be watching and posting as i learn about it.  For right now…my advice is to NOT install any systems with Ryzen Pro.  Ryzen is OK…but Ryzen […]



Intel Skylake and Newer CPUs Expose JTAG Over USB. ...

As if the Minix OS that runs on the chipset of ALL Intel processors isn’t enough…it has now been shown that you do not even need any complicated steps to get to the IntelMe engine.  You can now access JTAG over ANY PCH(southbridge) and it is called DCI(Direct Connect Interface).  With this JTAG access you can access the Minix IntelME directly from USB with no additional security.  You can run ANY code(even unsigned) on the […]


Amazon key(Based upon IOT) makes your house absolutely insecure

Amazon Key IMO is a bad idea.  The fact that it is based on IOT makes it worse.  The very concept of you give someone access to your house with no other controls…there’s a camera to watch them but a camera will not stop anyone from doing anything else..jsut record the video of them doing it. now a security vulnerability has been found in the “smart lock” that powers this “service”.  Malwarebytes does not mention […]



Apple Values Your Privacy…Not Really.

We all know google mines everything..that’s been well established by Google themselves.  We knew Apple mined our data and “keeps it private”.  I always called BS on their privacy stance…Here’s the proof: http://www.zdnet.com/article/uber-app-can-silently-record-iphone-screens-researcher-finds/ Still think Apple values your privacy?  I put this squarely on Apple as they did not have to give up this priveldge to Uber….they chose to.  The security implications are huge as a single weakness in the Uber app effectively gives you […]