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Meltdown and Spectre

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New zero-day vulnerability: In addition to rowhammer, it turns out lots of servers are vulnerable to regular hammers, too.
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elwillow
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stefanetal
45 days ago
Rowhammer made me think that side channel attacks are not something to really worry about. If that's the best they can do....long speculative nonsense discussion at work today about QM as some version speculative execution. Now we just need a real model of that...
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reconbot
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hammer boom
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taddevries
44 days ago
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Perfect!!!!!!
letssurf
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Awesome
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cjheinz
45 days ago
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Install updates. By all means.
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New zero-day vulnerability: In addition to rowhammer, it turns out lots of servers are vulnerable to regular hammers, too.

Google Unveils New Retpoline Coding Technique for Mitigating Spectre Attacks

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Google has published details about a new coding technique created by the company's engineers that any developer can deploy and prevent Spectre attacks. [...]
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fxer
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no way it could happen three times
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Seven Years

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[hair in face] "SEVVVENNN YEEEARRRSSS"
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😢
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rjstegbauer
68 days ago
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Touching and beautiful! One of your best.
alt_text_bot
68 days ago
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[hair in face] "SEVVVENNN YEEEARRRSSS"
ameel
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<3
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MaryEllenCG
68 days ago
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::sniffle::
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kyleniemeyer
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😭
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marcrichter
69 days ago
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Awesome. I'm speechless.
tbd
deezil
69 days ago
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OKAY I'M CRYING AT MY DESK NOW.
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sfrazer
69 days ago
God damnit, Randal.
deezil
69 days ago
For those that don't know the whole story: Approximately 7 years ago (imagine that) Randall posted this on the blog https://blog.xkcd.com/2010/11/05/submarines/ and made some vague references to tough times in the comics. On in to 2011, he posted this on the blog, and things seemed to be scary but hopeful. https://blog.xkcd.com/2011/06/30/family-illness/ . He's made mention several times about it over the years inside the comics, and I really believe that "Time" was made for some express purpose as to get his emotions out. But this update seriously is making a grown 32 year old man weep openly at his desk (thankfully I have a door that closes), as I always wondered how things were. Things look good, and this makes my heart happy.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Healthcare

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Sorry for the serious comic. It'll be back to butt jokes tomorrow. This has been a thing that's been stressing us pretty bad for a few weeks, so I thought I'd share. Apologies to all people who are not from the US, and who are shocked and/or baffled.

New comic!
Today's News:
If you want more information, please check out this article in the NYTimes or this article in the Washington Post. 
 
If you want to get involved in the movement to make health insurance more affordable in Virginia (and in particular in the counties that are experiencing the 240% hike in insurance premiums), check out the Charlottesville for Reasonable Health Insurance Facebook group or follow Cville Healthcare on Twitter. 
 
Thanks, geeks!
Kelly & Zach
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ChrisDL
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pretty please.
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afeman
74 days ago
normal country

Changes in Password Best Practices

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NIST recently published their four-volume SP800-63-3 Digital Identity Guidelines. Among other things, they make three important suggestions when it comes to passwords:

  1. Stop it with the annoying password complexity rules. They make passwords harder to remember. They increase errors because artificially complex passwords are harder to type in. And they don't help that much. It's better to allow people to use pass phrases.

  2. Stop it with password expiration. That was an old idea for an old way we used computers. Today, don't make people change their passwords unless there's indication of compromise.

  3. Let people use password managers. This is how we deal with all the passwords we need.

These password rules were failed attempts to fix the user. Better we fix the security systems.

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CallMeWilliam
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A meeting recently:
Developer Team: Our passwords require special characters, and max out at 30 characters.
Me: Why on EARTH did you do any of that? Why do you have a max?
Devs: Because ... it's hard to remember something long? How long do you want it to be?
Me: ... Get rid of the max. Get rid of the special characters.
CIO: Wait. Why do we have passwords at all? Can we link to google/linkedin/facebook and make it their problem? We are not in the security business.
Devs: Yes!
acdha
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I’ve been happy watching such sensible guidelines make it through the review process
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