A recently identified bug in WhatsApp allows a bad actor to install spyware on your phone simply by calling you over the popular messaging app. You don't even need to answer the call, as long as your phone receives it.
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A teenage German security researcher has found a major bug in macOS that allows an attacker to access data from the Keychain without admin rights. And the fault doesn't just affect the logged in user - any Keychain, belonging to any user with an account on the machine, could be compromised. The sting in the tail is that the researcher won't tell Apple how it works until they start a macOS bug bounty program.
A couples of incidents this week have highlighted one of the problems with the agile, software-driven world we live in. While it's great that new features are delivered to us quickly, it also means that problems are reaching users that we simply didn't experience when software development cycles were less intense.
Earlier this week, it was disclosed that a nasty bug in iOS allowed someone to listen in on you through your iOS device's microphone simply by placing a FaceTime call to you. Your microphone became active before you answered the call. Apple says it will be releasing a patch to rectify this serious fault. Make sure you download and install the patch.
If you find a tick on yourself, it's totally normal to want to climb out of your skin and burn it and live your life with your bones and muscles on display. Since that didn't work the last time I tried it, I'm glad to report there is a safe, effective, hands-off way to remove the tick from your skin. More than one, in fact.
Multiple Pixel 3 XL owners are complaining that a second notch has popped up on the right side of their phone screens. No, really.
This unholy phenomena is apparently caused by a software bug related to Android Pie's screen rotation settings. Google has acknowledged the issue and is now working on a fix. We swear we're not making this up.
An increasing number of Samsung Galaxy Note 9 owners are experiencing problems with the home, back and recent buttons on the bottom of the smartphone's screen. According to the reports, these touch screen buttons have intermittently stopped working, forcing users to restart their devices. Samsung is currently working on a software update to fix the issue, but in the mean time, here's a quick way to get the buttons' responsiveness back.
A new iPhone messaging bug has been discovered that affects the current version of iOS as well as the beta currently doing the rounds with developers. The 'black dot' bug can overload iMessage if sent to your iPhone. The good news is there is a way to avoid it crashing your iPhone every time you open Messages.
Carbon Copy Cloner is one of the most popular backup tools used by Mac owners. It can take an image of disk, making it easy to either rebuild a broken system or copy a standard installation across multiple machines. But an issue they have found with APFS spares disk images means the company has pulled support for APFS until Apple fixes the issue with their recently released file system.
Facebook recently added two-factor authentication (2FA) to their network, plugging a long-standing security issue. The new system works using several different options for the second authentication factor including a security code sent to you via SMS. But it turns out people got a lot more messages than they bargained for when they took this option. As a result, users started getting notifications over SMS that had nothing to do with security.
After recently fixing the "chaiOS" bug, Apple now has to contend with a nasty bug that will crash any Mac or iOS device that receives a single Indian-language character specific to the Telugu language. The bug doesn't affect every app - many third party apps are unaffected - but it's a major pain in the butt.
The cycle in which ideas turn into software is getting shorter and shorter. By and large, this is a good thing as new functions are delivered to users faster than ever before. But one of the consequences is software bugs are introduced and sometimes missed. I suspect part of the reason is testing cycles are being squeezed. This is part of the root cause, I think, as to why a two year old bug was introduced into Linux.