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Weekend tech reading: 'Hot potato' allows Windows privilege escalation, spotting fake Amazon reviews

By Matthew
Jan 24, 2016
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  1. Hot Potato – Windows Privilege Escalation Hot Potato (aka: Potato) takes advantage of known issues in Windows to gain local privilege escalation in default configurations, namely NTLM relay (specifically HTTP->SMB relay) and NBNS spoofing. If this sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because a similar technique was disclosed by the guys at Google Project Zero . In fact, some of our code was shamelessly borrowed from their PoC and expanded upon. Using this technique, we can elevate our privilege on a Windows workstation... FoxGlove Security

    OpenGL performance & performance-per-watt for Nvidia GPUs from the past 10 years Curious how the raw OpenGL performance and power efficiency has improved going back a decade to the GeForce 8 days? In this article is a 27-way graphics card comparison testing graphics cards from each generation going from the GeForce 8 series through the GeForce GTX 900 series and ending with the $999 GeForce GTX TITAN X. If you are interested in how graphics card performance has evolved, this is a fun must-read article. Phoronix
    Also read: Then and Now: 5 Generations of GeForce Graphics Compared

    Numbers don't lie -- it's time to build your own router I've noticed a trend lately. Rather than replacing a router when it literally stops working, I've needed to act earlier—swapping in new gear because an old router could no longer keep up with increasing Internet speeds available in the area. (Note, I am duly thankful for this problem.) As the latest example, a whole bunch of Netgear ProSafe 318G routers failed me for the last time as small businesses have upgraded from 1.5-9mbps traditional T1 connections to 50mbps coax (cable). Ars Technica

    Shmoocon 2016: GPUs and FPGAs to better detect malware One of the big problems in detecting malware is that there are so many different forms of the same malicious code. This problem of polymorphism is what led Rick Wesson to develop icewater, a clustering technique that identifies malware. Presented at Shmoocon 2016, the icewater project is a new way to process and filter the vast number of samples one finds on the Internet. Hackaday (also, Open-source GPU could push computing power to the next level)

    Spot fake Amazon reviews with Fakespot Suppose you're in the market for a set of over-the-ear headphones. A little poking around on Amazon and you land on the Modern Portable HiFi Elite Super 66. On paper, it's a winner: pretty design, Bluetooth and corded connectivity, compelling price. And, hey, look at that: 5-star reviews almost across the board. Granted, there are just 18 of them (as of this writing), but they're all uniform in their praise. Gushing, in fact. That's good enough for you. Sold. CNet

    APL's modular prosthetic limb reaches new levels of operability A pioneering surgical technique has allowed an amputee to attach the Modular Prosthetic Limb developed by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) directly to his residual limb, enabling a greater range of motion and comfort than previously possible. This is a first for the field of prosthetics, said Michael McLoughlin, chief engineer in APL’s Research and Exploratory Development Department. Johns Hopkins

    GDDR5X standard finalized by JEDEC: New graphics memory up to 14 Gbps I've noticed a trend lately. Rather than replacing a router when it literally stops working, I've needed to act earlier—swapping in new gear because an old router could no longer keep up with increasing Internet speeds available in the area. (Note, I am duly thankful for this problem.) As the latest example, a whole bunch of Netgear ProSafe 318G routers failed me for the last time as small businesses. AnandTech

    Inside Facebook’s ambitious plan to connect the whole world The stern woman behind the press desk at the United Nations is certain I’ve made a mistake about the person I'm here to see. "Mr. Mark Zuckerberg?" she says. "Who's he?" He's an Internet executive, I tell her. He started Facebook. It's the second week of the United Nations' General Assembly. Several hundred reporters crowd into the press holding area. Nearby, on the main plaza, heads of state stroll by. Wired

    Bridging the bio-electronic divide A new DARPA program aims to develop an implantable neural interface able to provide unprecedented signal resolution and data-transfer bandwidth between the human brain and the digital world. The interface would serve as a translator, converting between the electrochemical language used by neurons in the brain and the ones and zeros that constitute the language of information technology. DARPA (also, Sensors slip into the brain, then dissolve when the job is done)

    Drone landing on a moving car (on its own) Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) have successfully landed a Penguin BE UAV (Uncrewed Aerial Vehicle) on the roof of a moving car traveling at 75 kilometres per hour.

    The secret life of video games: On the magic of speedrunning "The most important thing to know about this game is what's called the frame rule. Starting from power on, every 21 [frames], the game checks to see if you’ve completed the current level so that it can load the next one." "We're inside this pot, and this pot doesn't have a destination assigned to it when you drop down it 'cause you’re not supposed to be able to drop down it. Carolyn Petit

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  2. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,172   +577

    Error detected

    The text under "GDDR5X standard finalized by JEDEC: New graphics memory up to 14 Gbps" is the same as under the home brew router.
     

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