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September 01, 2021

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  • A Node.js library that is downloaded 3 million times a week - and is used in Amazon's developer libraries - has a remote execution flaw. (HTTPToolkit)

    An attacker that can convince you to read a malicious URL can run whatever code they like on your server.

    The problem is it uses the vm module to run untrusted code - when the vm module explicitly says not to use it to run untrusted code.


  • If you're stuck at home in Australia waiting for one of (1) the 70% vaccination target to be met and things at least in NSW open up again, (2) the police kick your door down over a Facebook post that they posted for you, or (3) your package arrives in the mail don't bet too much on option 3. (ZDNet)

    I understand they have staff out sick, can't easily hire more with this fucking lockdown going on, and are working to shift a much greater than usual volume, but I'm not sure how stopping accepting packages for three days is meant to help.


  • Get your own Amiga! (Apollo Core)

    In case you're too young to have joined in the fun back in the 80s and 90s, the Vampire V4+ has a Motorola-compatible "68080" chip implemented in an FPGA - not emulated - with 512MB of RAM and a new (but compatible) chipset.

    It's around eight times faster than the most powerful stock Amiga ever sold - the A4000 - and uses just 2W of power. It has both Amiga-style mouse and joystick ports and USB, plus the usual things like Ethernet, don't-call-it-HDMI-and-we-don't-need-to-pay-royalties, and an internal CF slot and an external SD card slot for extra storage. (Actually, that should also be a don't-call-it-SD slot.)

    About 600 Euros so it's not exactly a bargain unless you compare it with what those systems cost originally in which case it is absolutely dirt cheap.


  • On the other end of the scale, if you're looking for an AMD motherboard with Thunderbolt 4 the Asus ProArt B550 Creator is one. (Tom's Hardware)

    One of exactly two such, in fact.

    It has dual Thunderbolt 4 ports, dual 2.5Gb Ethernet ports, dual M.2 slots, HDMI out, DisplayPort in - it's routed to the Thunderbolt ports - and otherwise the usual bits and pieces. Oh, and a PS/2 combo keyboard and mouse port in case you have a 30 year old keyboard that you just can't bear to part ways with yet.

    I wonder how well it works if you just plug two of these together with a Thunderbolt cable.



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