A mere 15 months after its initial release, a wide variety of weaknesses and leaks have been documented in the WPA3 "secure" Wifi protocol (archived). Problems include handshake trouble, a transition mode allowing reversion to earlier known weak protocols, and a number of side channel leaks.
Jeff Bezos and his beleaguered ex-wife MacKenzie have reached a divorce agreement which will make Jeff's ex the "World's 4th Richest Woman" holding a 4% stake in Amazon valued at ~35 billion USD (archived). MacKenzie declined to take stakes in Jeff's rocket startup Blue Origin or Jeff's troubled Washington Post gossip network. MacKenzie is ceding her stock's voting rights to Jeff for 25 years. The dissolution of the Bezos household comes after Bezos indiscretely dipped into a nearly 50 year old matron behind MacKenzie's back.
Bezos has taken to blaming the House of Saud for hacking his phone and leaking his sexts in recent days (archived).
A remote code execution vulnerability for the .Org WordPress fork has been reported (archived). At the core of this issue is Auttomattic's refusal to have their software do any sort of checking when comments are involved, a flaw which has left the bulk of WordPress blogs open to being used as DDoS participants. Because why would they fix structural problems? Why fix the grave structural problems making the software a public nuissance, when they can wait and patch particular problems only as they are exploited?
Stanislav Datskovskiy (WOT: asciilifeform) has published code that adds a constant time implementation of the Miller-Rabin primality test to his Finite Field Arithmetic library as chapter 16A. He will publish a proof his algorithm implements Miller-Rabin and a discussion of the statistics informing proper use of the Miller-Rabin in the field as chapter 16B.
In his genesis of the FFA library Datskovskiy laid out his mission of creating a auditable bignum library whose entire operation is accessible to literate readers while avoiding optimization traps that add complexity or deviate from constant time operation opening up side channels that leak information intended to be kept secret. In the case of Werner Koch's MPI versus FFA, Datskovskiy's constant time implementation actually outperforms the optimized, variable time, legacy Koch library in in modular exponentiation.
At present FFA consists of 4013 non-empty lines of code in the libffa library of which 1835 are comments and 1047 non-empty lines of code in the accompanying ffacalc interface to the library of which 390 are comments.
Vulnerabilities in 'systemd journald' allowing memory corruption and out of bounds memory reading (archived). This combination creates the necessary space for an attacker to get root on affected systems. Sorry for your logs.
As part of his Finite Field Arithmetic Library, Stanislav Datskovskiy1 (WOT: asciilifeform) has published code to perform Barrett's Modular Reduction in constant time. Speed of the code is favorable compared to Werner Koch's MPI library utilized in GPG. It appears that leaky optimizations of the sort that seem like they should make Koch's non-constant time implementation faster end up chewing quite a few clock cycles to accomplish an effect quite contrary to actual optimization.
Involved as a principal in the Republican ventures No Such lAbs and Pizarro ISP. ↩
Player Mircea Mircescu scored the biggest-ever "pop" in the history of Eulora, MiniGame's Bitcoin-denominated MMORPG, just past midnight server time on December 16th, 2017. Reigning the "Top of Pops" list in-game, the windfall weighs in at 3505.309 million ECu, or a hair over three and a half Bitcoin. The previous chart-topper occurred two years ago, also in December, at 1081.602 million ECu.
Mircescu's real-world avatar Mircea Popescu hinted at the pop's provenance in the game's IRC channel, #Eulora, where he stated the winning click occurred during a crafting run of "bod", or Black of Desspayr, a highly sought-after potion critical in the manufacture of blueprints for other items. Previous auction data for the item shows a markup of over 250% on the base price, which corresponds to the amount reported in-game for the pop –suggesting the market value of Mircescu's winnings likely exceed 8.5 billion ECu.
The pop comes on the heels of major events in Eulora's development, including the unfolding of an Ada-implemented communication protocol and an improved crafting and exploring bot refined by players to ease the hands-on aspect of in-game activities.
The "popular" node.js "event-stream" library was loaded with a module stealing from Bitpay's Copay Bitcoin wallet after creator and longtime maintainer Dominic Tarr handed maintenance over to an unknown identifying itself with the text string "right9ctrl" (archived). Before the handover right9ctrl made a couple of contributions to event-stream building rapport with Tarr. After getting the keys to the repository right9ctrl added a dependency in event-stream on a new "flatmap-stream" library which had been distributed in an encrypted form, which should itself have been a warning if anyone had been bothering to read code they run. Instead it took two months for supicions to emerge.
Bitpay's Copay wallet used the even-stream library, and Bitpay was not involved in raising the alarm over this grave subversion of their product.
Yesterday left wing social engineers unleashed a wave of manufactered outrage over the SQLite project's 8 month old adoption of The Rules Of Saint Benedict in the face of demands by unspecified clients to have a Code of Conduct, any Code of Conduct at all. SQLite author D. Richard Hipp offered the following statements in response to questions on why he didn't edit down the list to a more minimalist, TrannyCoCist compatible form:
I could have edited the list down to just those aspects that seem relevant to coding, but that would put me in the position of editing and redacting Benedict of Nursia, as if I were wiser than he. And I considered that. But in the end, I thought it better to include the whole thing without change. In the preface, I tried to make clear that the introspective aspects could be safely glossed over.
Nobody is excluded from the SQLite community due to biological category or religious creed. The preface to the CoC should make this clear. The only way to get kicked out of the SQLite community is by shouting, flaming, and disrespectful behavior. In 18 years, only one person has ever been banned from the mailing list.
It remains to be seen how many Open Source projects which have bought into full TrannyCoCism will find themselves so deficient in love and humility that they believe the words of Benedict of Nursia ought to be censored, rejected, and abandoned.