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    Quote Originally Posted by Wally View Post
    This is most troubling. Would Norton or other internet security programs be able to detect or fix tainted updates?
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    If Mozilla doesn't come up with a fix sometime soon, you may want to follow the story link to find a "Quick Fix" they list at the end of the article.

    Mozilla bug throws Tor Browser users into chaos
    By Paul Ducklin

    Mozilla is currently stuck in the middle of a cybersecurity blunder involving digital signatures.
    The bug reports we’ve seen so far don’t give much more detail than “expired intermediate certificate” problems, but the symptoms are obvious, especially for Tor users.
    We didn’t get hit by this bug immediately – we were off the grid yesterday and left our computing kit at home. (Nothing Bear Gryllsy, you understand – we took ourselves off to Bristol on Brunel’s famous Great Western Railway to visit a bicycle show but left our mobile phone behind entirely by mistake.)
    But today, not long after firing up the Tor Browser, which is a special version of Firefox with numerous privacy-centric settings turned on and baked into the build, we received a worrying popup warning.

    According to the Tor Browser program, one of our browser add-ons could no longer be trusted and had been turned off – the alert didn’t say which one, just that some sort of cybersecurity concern had suddenly arisen.




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    If Mozilla doesn't come up with a fix sometime soon, you may want to follow the story link to find a "Quick Fix" they list at the end of the article.

    Mozilla bug throws Tor Browser users into chaos
    By Paul Ducklin

    Mozilla is currently stuck in the middle of a cybersecurity blunder involving digital signatures.
    The bug reports we’ve seen so far don’t give much more detail than “expired intermediate certificate” problems, but the symptoms are obvious, especially for Tor users.
    We didn’t get hit by this bug immediately – we were off the grid yesterday and left our computing kit at home. (Nothing Bear Gryllsy, you understand – we took ourselves off to Bristol on Brunel’s famous Great Western Railway to visit a bicycle show but left our mobile phone behind entirely by mistake.)
    But today, not long after firing up the Tor Browser, which is a special version of Firefox with numerous privacy-centric settings turned on and baked into the build, we received a worrying popup warning.

    According to the Tor Browser program, one of our browser add-ons could no longer be trusted and had been turned off – the alert didn’t say which one, just that some sort of cybersecurity concern had suddenly arisen.




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    A permanent fix already is available for Firefox: upgrade to the latest version (at this moment 66.0.4 for Firefox) and the problem is solved.

    However... I did not that some add-ons, like the 'Multi-account containers' did lose all of their data: I had to completely reconfigure them from scratch.

    I did not experience any problems in Tor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garuda View Post
    A permanent fix already is available for Firefox: upgrade to the latest version (at this moment 66.0.4 for Firefox) and the problem is solved.

    However... I did not that some add-ons, like the 'Multi-account containers' did lose all of their data: I had to completely reconfigure them from scratch.

    I did not experience any problems in Tor.
    My Tor browser refused to run NoScript. Also got warnings from various websites that Java was active.

    Will try the update. Thanks.
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    Been a few years since Apple threw out the Apple OS, and adopted Linux running with their Apple GUI. Seems to be working for them.
    Maybe this is a step by MS in the same direction.
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    Microsoft is finally bringing full Linux to Windows 10

    By Mike Moore
    Move looks to make Windows 10 more open-source friendly.
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    Linux could soon be coming to your desktop after Microsoft revealed plans to ship a full Linux kernel directly in Windows 10.

    In great news for open-source fans, the computing giant has said it will look to push the launch of a Linux kernel in Windows 10 for the first time at its Microsoft Build conference.

    The launch will dovetail with a distribution installed through the Windows Store, with a release expected later this year - although Windows Insider users will be able to get preview builds by the end of June.

    Microsoft says that the first release will be based on the latest stable Linux release (version 4.19), and updates will come alongside each stable release going forward.

    This should mean a major boost in performance when compared to the current emulator, with faster boot times and more efficient memory use also mentioned as new perks.

    “Beginning with Windows Insiders builds this Summer, we will include an in-house custom-built Linux kernel to underpin the newest version of the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL),” Microsoft program manager Jack Hammons wrote in a blog post announcing the news.

    "The kernel will be rebased at the designation of new long-term stable releases to ensure that the WSL kernel always has the latest Linux goodness.”

    "This is the culmination of years of effort from the Linux Systems Group as well as multiple other teams across Microsoft. We are excited to be able to share the result and look forward to the new and interesting ways in which you will use WSL."

    Microsoft also announced a new edition of its Windows Terminal command line app..
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    Intel's roadmap for chip development 2019 - 2020.

    Intel roadmap confirms 10nm 'Tiger Lake' chip with Xe graphics, more Ice Lake and Lakefield details
    Part of Intel's pitch to investors included more details on how Intel's upcoming chips will perform.
    Mark Hachman.

    Intel extended its public microprocessor roadmap through 2020 on Wednesday, confirming the existence of “Tiger Lake,” a 10nm Core chip due in 2020 that features an entirely new microarchitecture and Intel’s forthcoming Xe graphics.

    Executives also began disclosing some of the performance improvements associated with its previously-announced chips, such as how fast Intel’s first 10nm chip, Ice Lake, will be compared with the previous generation. Intel also began talking a bit about the improvements in “Lakefield,” which stacks logic together to create a denser system-on-a-chip.

    Combine the new 10nm “Ice Lake” core—which executives said would ship in June—plus the redesigned Tiger Lake chip, as well as Intel’s other major announcement, 7nm chips by 2021, and Intel is at least talking more aggressively than it has in years.

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    Ice Lake

    Speaking at Intel’s investor conference Wednesday, Murthy Renduchintala, Intel’s chief engineering officer, said that it’s no secret that Intel has struggled with 10nm development.


    Intel’s Ice Lake isn’t that far away.

    “In discussions with many of you, the belief is that Intel’s process technology has slowed down over time,” Renduchintala added. Wednesday’s message? That’s no longer the case.

    Ice Lake, Renduchintala said, takes full advantage of the 10nm technology. Though he didn’t disclose performance, he did provide some generation-over-generation comparisons, albeit with no real specifics. It’s interesting that Intel’s not talking directly about CPU integer performance; instead, Intel believes that Ice Lake will deliver 2.5 times to 3 times the “AI performance” of a prior-generation chip, and twice the graphics performance.

    Ice Lake also contains what Intel refers to as “Generation 11” performance, which apparently will be branded as a “Next Gen Graphics Iris Plus Experience,” if the boilerplate text in Intel’s presentation is any indication. Gregory Bryant, the senior vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group, told investors that the integrated graphics is powerful enough to play hundreds of games at 1080p resolutions at 30 (not 60) frames per second.

    Tiger Lake


    According to Renduchintala, the lead product for the 7nm generation will actually be a GP-GPU for the datacenter in 2021, based upon the new Xe architecture that Intel is developing. PC users, however, will be focusing on Tiger Lake.
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    Good news for people who like secure browsers. TOR Alpha (test) version for Android has been out for awhile, and now the general (stable) release v8.5 is available.

    Official Tor Browser for Android available on Google Play

    The Tor Project has released the first stable version of the Tor Browser for Android.
    By Zeljka Zorz

    The release is referred to as version 8.5, mainly to prevent confusion: Tor Browser releases for Windows, macOS, and Linux are currently on that version.
    About Tor Browser for Android

    The Tor Project released an alpha version of the app in September 2018 and has been working on tweaking it ever since.

    “Mobile browsing is increasing around the world, and in some parts, it is commonly the only way people access the internet. In these same areas, there is often heavy surveillance and censorship online, so we made it a priority to reach these users,” Tor Browser developer Nicolas Vigier explained.

    “We made sure there are no proxy bypasses, that first-party isolation is enabled to protect you from cross-site tracking, and that most of the fingerprinting defenses are working. While there are still feature gaps between the desktop and Android Tor Browser, we are confident that Tor Browser for Android provides essentially the same protections that can be found on desktop platforms.”

    Tor Browser for Android isolates websites to prevent third-party trackers and ads from following users, makes user fingerprinting based on browser and device information difficult, and prevents anyone watching the users’ connection from knowing what websites they visit.

    It also allows users to access sites that have been blocked by their ISP.
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