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For users interested in testing out the latest antivirus software, avast! has just pushed out the third beta of version 8 of their popular free software. Version 8 of the antivirus software brings with it a new GUI interface, a new product tier that has new features, and a version of avast! for Windows Home Server.
You can find out more about the beta from this post on the avast! forums. The final version of the software is expected to be released towards the end of February, so hang on for a bit longer if you aren't interested in testing out the beta version.
Software developer Adobe is working on a patch for a "critical" vulnerability that is present in the company's PDF software. The bug, present in both Reader and Acrobat, will allow hackers to gain full access of a computer and is currently being exploited. You should avoid opening PDFs unless you know the sender and trust them.
The bug is present in Adobe Reader XI, 11.0.01 and earlier; Reader X, 10.1.5 and earlier; Reader 9.5.3 and earlier. Acrobat versions similarly numbered are also vulnerable. The bug is present across all platforms including Mac, PC, and Linux.
Adobe has suggested users make use of the 'Protected View" option given by the software if they have to open a PDF. An estimated time of arrival has not been given for the patch.
Unigine Corp. have just released the latest revision to their GPU benchmark, Heaven Benchmark 4.0. Heaven 4.0 is perfect for stability testing on your system, mainly for your GPU.
Heaven 4.0 has full support for DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.0, works across multiple platforms - Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, and includes countless settings for you to tinker with. Best of all, it has support for multi-monitor setups as well as different stereo 3D models. What's new in Heaven 4.0? Here's a list of what to expect:
- Benchmarking presets for convenient comparison of results
- GPU temperature and clock monitoring
- Drastic improvement of SSDO
- Stars at nighttime
- Improvement of lens flare
- New, improved version of UNIGINE Engine under the hood
- Detection of multiple GPUs
- Anti-aliasing support on Mac OS X
- Enhancement of automation scripts in Pro version
- New Advanced edition (see details below)
- Russian and Chinese localization
You can download Heaven Benchmark 4.0 here.
Chances are, if you are reading this article, then you have at least heard of VLC, if it's not already on your PC. For those of you who have not heard of it, VLC is the world's most popular after-market software media player, mostly because it does not need to be configured with a ton of codec packs to work properly.
Fans of the media player would like to see the software be able to stream BitTorrent files and are putting their money where their mouth is by offering $10,000 to the person who can code in the functionality to VLC.
The dev team at Video Lan, the company behind VLC, has said that if the code were right, then they would be more than happy to add a BitTorrent module to the player. The major hurdle that has to be overcome is that the torrent would need to prioritize data close to the play position in the VLC player, which is something that torrents don't traditionally do.
The Evasi0n jailbreak continues to make tracks in terms of installs. The tool for untethered jailbreaks of nearly every iOS device saw massive downloads and uptake on Monday when it was first released and demand appears to be continuing. As of Thursday night, the jailbreak had been used on approximately seven million devices.
The way this is being tracked is through the alternate app store Cydia. As of Thursday night, the app store had recorded visits from 5.15 million new iPhones, 1.35 million iPads, and 400,000 iPod touches. Altogether that works out to just about seven million new devices.
While jailbreak statistics for previous tools aren't perfectly recorded, Jay Freeman, author of the Cydia app store, says that Evasi0n has brought "insanely more new traffic" than the release of Absinthe, a jailbreak that worked for some iOS 5 versions and devices.
If you have an iOS device, have you jailbroken it yet? If not, why not?
OS X has a massive following of web developers who constantly used Linux based web server stacks to run their CMS stacks - it's actually a pretty common trend at the moment. Within Apple's OS X App Store, users can now find four of the most popular CMS's that run inside BitNami - Drupal, Wordpress, Joomla, and a generic MAMP stack (Mac, Apache, MySQL and PHP).
The issues arise when developers wanted to dev on a CMS in the local environment, files would be stored all over the place instead of a simple single directory. BitNami solves this problem by "walling-off" the CMS software and keeping everything nice in neat in a single place. This single directory structure is essential when migrating a site from a local host development environment to a live server out in the interwebs.
Traditionally web developers mitigate this issue by building a development server that is hosted on a Linux server somewhere on their local network. I have one sitting beside me at this moment with no less than six Drupal sites in the development phase.
Adobe has just issued an emergency update to its Flash software for both Mac and Windows platform. The update fixes two new vulnerabilities that are already being exploited to spread malware.
The exploits are affecting Windows PC's as well as Apple Mac devices. Mac users are tricked into downloading an MS Word files that contains the malware. Similar trickery is used to lure in Windows users.
The patch comes on the same day that Adobe announced that future versions of Flash will be able to block this type of exploit all together. Worried users can disable flash in their browser until the program can be updated. You can check to see if you are already patched by checking the flash version. If it is 11.5.502.149, then you are safe.
Since its release just yesterday, the new iOS 6/6.1 untethered jailbreak, Evasi0n, has seen itself installed on over 1.7 million devices, showing continuing want and need for these jailbreaks and jailbreak teams. The jailbreak managed to be installed 800,000 times within the first six hours yesterday.
That's some incredible adoption, for a hack anyway. The mass jailbreaking put strain on Cydia's servers with roughly 1,200 downloads per minute. I know I had trouble with Cydia yesterday, but the wait was definitely worth it. If you have an iOS 6 device, you should consider jailbreaking the device.
Forbes talked with the Cydia appstore developer and found out why jailbreaks are rare:
According to David Wang, one of the evad3rs' four developers, the program takes advantage of at least five distinct, new bugs in iOS's code. (For reference, that's one more than Stuxnet, the malware built by the NSA to destroy centrifuges in Iran's nuclear enrichment facilities.)
The image below has been posted by developer Francois Beaufort, which shows a Chrome OS desktop with a notification system and a new app icon that hasn't been seen before.
The first four icons we are all familiar with, but that last icon - is different, showing four cascading Google-themed chat boxes. This screenshot alone opens up Pandora's box, and now we can begin to try and work out what this icon means. Could we see see a new unified messaging service from Google? We could just be looking at something new, and not a messaging system, but something to do with Google+ Messenger, or similar.
If we are looking at a world of Google releasing a unified messaging system, it would really change things for Google and their Android platform, that's for sure.
The software tool released today known as Evasi0n has garnered hundreds of thousands of downloads in mere hours. Around 270,000 users were active when the download went live and the Evad3r's team saw 1TB of server data used in just 10 minutes. The download is just under 10 MB, which means that around 100,000 copies had been downloaded.
Fast forward a couple of hours and that number surpassed 4.2TB of data used. This equates to around 500,000 downloads. While not every download equates to a jailbreak, a single download could equate to several jailbreaks in a multi-device or multi-user environment.
Of course, the tool won't keep up that sort of download rate for long, but you can see the amount of users who were waiting desperately for a jailbreak tool. We're hoping to hear a final download count for the first day, so stay tuned to our Facebook page where we will announce it as soon as we hear something.