I Mentored Mark Zuckerberg. I Loved Facebook. But I Can’t Stay Silent About What’s Happening.

‘In the world of growth hacking, users are a metric, not people. Every action a user took gave Facebook a better understanding of that user–and of that user’s friends–enabling the company to make tiny “improvements” in the user experience every day, which is to say it got better at manipulating the attention of users. Any advertiser could buy access to that attention. The Russians took full advantage.

Source: I Mentored Mark Zuckerberg. I Loved Facebook. But I Can’t Stay Silent About What’s Happening.

Remotely compromise devices by using bugs in Marvell Avastar Wi-Fi

That’s why this bug is so cool and provides an opportunity to exploit devices literally with zero-click interaction at any state of wireless connection (even when a device isn’t connected to any network). For example, one can do RCE in just powered-on Samsung Chromebook. So just to summarize:

  1. It doesn’t require any user interaction.
  2. It can be triggered every 5 minutes in case of GNU/Linux operating system.
  3. It doesn’t require the knowledge of a Wi-Fi network name or passphrase/key.
  4. It can be triggered even when a device isn’t connected to any Wi-Fi network, just powered on.

Source: Remotely compromise devices by using bugs in Marvell Avastar Wi-Fi: from zero knowledge to zero-click RCE – Embedi

In this research, I used ALFA networks wireless adapter in the monitor mode, which is based on Realtek 8187 wireless chipset. The exploit can be implemented with python Scapy framework. For some reason, Ubuntu GNU/Linux distrubution isn’t good enough to inject Wi-Fi frames fast, so it is better to use Kali.

Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, Avid, Final Cut Pro, Resolve

Beauty Box is simple and automatic to use. This video plugin automatically identifies skin tones and creates a mask that limits the smoothing effect to just the skin areas. Just apply the filter, let it analyze the video, set a few Smoothing options, and let the plugin render to make skin retouching incredibly easy. That’s it!

Source: Plugins & Filters for Video: Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, Avid, Final Cut Pro, Resolve : Digital Anarchy

Linux systemd Affected by Memory Corruption Vulnerabilities, No Patches Yet

The bugs exist in ‘journald’ service, tasked with collecting and storing log data, and they can be exploited to obtain root privileges on the target machine or to leak information. No patches exist at the moment.

Source: Linux systemd Affected by Memory Corruption Vulnerabilities, No Patches Yet

AT&T misleads customers by updating phones with fake 5G icon

To win the 5G marketing wars, AT&T has decided to brand portions of its LTE network as “5G Evolution.” These portions of AT&T’s network have received speed-boosting upgrades and should be faster than typical LTE, but AT&T isn’t doing anything that other carriers haven’t already implemented. And these are still, by definition, LTE technologies — not 5G ones. So this is exclusively about marketing, not about improving your phone.

Source: AT&T misleads customers by updating phones with fake 5G icon – The Verge

NASA’s New Horizons Mission Reveals Entirely New Kind of World

“New Horizons is like a time machine, taking us back to the birth of the solar system. We are seeing a physical representation of the beginning of planetary formation, frozen in time,” said Jeff Moore, New Horizons Geology and Geophysics team lead. “Studying Ultima Thule is helping us understand how planets form — both those in our own solar system and those orbiting other stars in our galaxy.”

Source: New Horizons: News Article?page=20190102

A Bright Green ‘Christmas Comet’ Will Fly the Closest to Earth in Centuries

Those who live in areas with low levels of light pollution will most likely be able to see the comet with the naked eye. People who live in cities may need binoculars or a telescope to get a glimpse. Online charts can help pinpoint its location.

Source: A Bright Green ‘Christmas Comet’ Will Fly the Closest to Earth in Centuries – The New York Times

Are Apple products overpriced?

What we learned: Being loyal to Apple is getting expensive. Many Apple product prices are rising faster than inflation — faster, even, than the price of prescription drugs or going to college. Yet when Apple offers cheaper options for its most important product, the iPhone, Americans tend to take the more expensive choice. So while Apple isn’t charging all customers more, it’s definitely extracting more money from frequent upgraders.

Source: Are Apple products overpriced? – The Washington Post