Flaw in Intel processors

Security experts at the Invisible Things lab have found a new vulnerability in certain Intel processors.

The SINIT feature of SMM (System Management Mode) can interfere with TXT (Trusted eXecution Technology), allowing it to elevate privileges, trick the SENTER instruction into not protecting a newly-loaded hypervisor or kernel. The upshot of one acronym influencing another is that rootkits can be developed which run at the most basic, privileged level of the processor.

YouTube video poster lands a hefty Hollywood deal

A short YouTube video dubbed "Panic Attack", managed to land a hefty Hollywood deal to its author, Fede Alvarez. Panic Attack was reportedly made on a budget of a couple of hundred dollars, but this will certainly be money well spent for Mr. Alvarez.

Intel confirms mass CPU launch at CES

Chipmaker Intel has confirmed that it will launch 17 new desktop and mobile processors which are based on its 32-nanometer process technology in the first week of January.

The launch will take place at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The outfit will also release three new chipsets and seven wireless modules on January 7 which means that there will be a total of 27 new products associated with its next-generation 32nm technology, codenamed Westmere.

Online gaming scammers in the slammer

A court in east China has handed down jail sentences of up to three years to 11 people for their roles in online gaming scams. The scammers pocketed the grand sum of 140,000 dollars which is big money behind the bamboo curtain.

Lu Yizhong and Zeng Yifu wrote malicious Trojan horse viruses and nicked 5.3 million user names and passwords from online gamers. The cash was then used for "illegal gains", the Xinhua news agency said. It did not say what those illegal gains were but it seems that the cash was used as seed finance for other scams. (Like democracy. sub.ed.)

New STALKER comes in February

According to the latest press release the S.T.A.L.K.E.R Call of Pripyat will show its face on North America shelves on February 2nd 2010.

Viva Media, bitcomposer and GSC Game World have announced that the sequel of Shadow of Chernobyl, a quite good and popular first person shooter willl show up on North American shelves on February 2nd 2010. As you may already know, the game was released on November 5th but only for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, while the rest of the Europe, Australia and the USA will share the same February release fate.

Mozilla releases Firefox 3.5.6 update


It has been just over a month since the Mozilla development team released Firefox 3.5.5, and now the time has come again to implement additional security issues and stability enhancements.

As we patiently wait in anticipation for the big Firefox 3.60 build to arrive in Spring 2010, it is important that we show our respect and encouragement to the individuals within the Mozilla development team who have provided us with open source browsing for over five years in a row.

EU lets Microsoft of the hook

The European Commission has buried the hatchet with Microsoft after Redmond agreed to offer European consumers the choice of alternative browsers in Windows. In turn, the EC agreed to drop charges filed against Microsoft back in January.

Nvidia claims sales are good

After having published our article that explained the reality of some Nvidia partners possibly going under, the green chip giant tried to assure us that all is great and that things have never been better.

We received an interesting comment noting that some partners who might be in financial troubles are likely in these positions due to their long-term financial struggles and not due to Nvidia’s high-end shortage.

AMD receives $1.25 billion settlement from Intel

We've already written about the ongoing settlement between Intel and AMD plenty of times with everyone, particularly Nvidia, taking notice. AMD recently made it official and confirmed that Intel and AMD have settled their dispute in an amicable, although a bit pricey manner, where both parties agreed on certain terms.

Radeon HD 5970 stock has been arriving gradually

Over the past three weeks since AMD released the world’s fastest 40nm DirectX 11 graphics processor, we have been on an incredibly intent pursuit to locate any available stock within the US market and inform the enthusiast community within reasonable time thereafter. Unfortunately, the task has been anything but satisfying, as every new shipment of the infamous Radeon HD 5970 sells out on an average of 14.5 minutes, according to the latest analytic data we’ve received.

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