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Picture: Nick Kellet The computer operating systems and applications we use today have often evolved over many years, decades even, and contain tens or hundreds of millions of lines of code. Flaws in that code — and there will always be some — give rise to security problems that, in an internet-connected world, are an increasing problem.
Dear Lifehacker, So Shellshock is the newest vulnerability that may “break the internet.” The last time they said that, it was about Heartbleed. Do I really need to be worried about all these bugs and vulnerabilities, or is this stuff tech companies need to care about? Can someone actually use these against me?
iOS: In-app browsers like you find on Twitter or Facebook on iOS are great when you just want to browse content. But Twitterrific developer Craig Hockenberry shows off an exploit that allows any app to grab sensitive data that you type into it.
“Bug bounty” schemes are one way for software firms to encourage people to tell them about vulnerabilities rather than exploiting them. Microsoft has expanded its own bug bounty scheme to include its online services, kicking off with a minimum payment of $500 for any identified major security bugs in Office 365.
Over at Kotaku, my colleague Mark has the story of how EA-owned Australian games studio Firemonkeys shut down its forums after they were taken offline by a hacker.