Items tagged with Patch

Diablo III's launch and first few weeks were a complete disappointment. Even once these problems were ironed out, a number of players complained about major balance problems at the Inferno difficulty level and the static, boring nature of the item hunt once you hit level 60. Blizzard previously acknowledged that the game, as it currently exists, wasn't living up to player expectations. Now the company has gone a step further and begun discussing what it plans to offer to rejuvenate gameplay and make the game more fun. Updated Features, Fresh Design Diablo III's attempt to balance MMO features with its classic gameplay created mixed expectations that the game has had trouble satisfying. The game... Read more...
We don't know if Electronics Arts' upcoming update for Battlefield 3 qualifies as the mother of all game patches, but it's certainly in contention for the update crown. EA said the update, which will roll out on June 4-5, is "a big one," an understatement of epic proportion, considering the multitude of tweaks, changes, enhancements, and fixes included within. "The next Battlefield 3 update goes live June 4-5 on all formats. As usual, the period between the last update and this upcoming one has been spent listening to our community, tweaking parameters, balancing performance, and eliminating issues that we have found with your help," EA announced in a blog post. "In short, the June update will... Read more...
Microsoft came ever-so-close to ending the year without a single unscheduled patch outside of its monthly Patch Tuesday routine, but in the end, three "Critical" vulnerabilities found in its .NET Framework prompted the Redmond software giant to take action immediately. Left unpatched, the flaws could allow for the elevation of privileges if an unauthenticated attacker sends a specially crafted Web request to the target site, Microsoft said. "An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take any action in the context of an existing account on the ASP.NET site, including executing arbitrary commands. In order to exploit this vulnerability, an attacker must be able to register... Read more...
It's been ~10 months since we first covered AOL's desperate plan to reinvent itself and reclaim a strong position in the online industry, but the company's efforts aren't yielding the results it promised. The company announced a major reorganization earlier this month, while recently leaked documents indicate just how bad the situation has become. Much of the company's financial woes are attributable to Patch. Patch is AOL's attempt to create web communities and advertising focused on specific real-world towns and communities. In theory, users in such areas are hungry for online sources that cover their own local news and events. In practice, things don't seem to be working out that way. That... Read more...
If you have the misfortune of living in an area where dial-up is still the only option, you have our condolences. Not just because dial-up sucks, but also because you're not going to doing much of anything online next Tuesday other than downloading security updates. Microsoft is putting together its biggest patch ever, a record 16 security updates to address 49 vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, and Sharepoint. Out of the 16 updates, Microsoft has labeled 4 of them as "Critical," 10 of them "Important," and 2 of them "Moderate." Most of the updates address threats related to Remote Code Execution, and several of them require a restart. "I have a theory about the large October... Read more...
It seems, sometimes, that a new phishing scam crops up every day, no matter how much security is improved.That's not just your imagination.IBM today released its annual IBM X-Force 2009 Trend and Risk Report, which showed threats that include phishing and document format vulnerabilities, among others, are on the rise.The areas are of most concern, the report showed:Malicious Web links, which result in malware or viruses being downloaded onto the clicker's computerPhishing scams, where messages from a seemingly legit organization or company fool users into turning over sensitive informationVulnerabilities in document readers and editors, particularly in PDFsIn 2009, the report showed, more than... Read more...
Research In Motion, the maker of the popular BlackBerry line of handheld devices, has issued a security patch for the popular handhelds, warning they are vulnerable to attacks by hackers. According to security experts, if this latest patch is not applied, there is a risk hackers could exploit the vulnerability and take over a company’s server. To date, no hacker has exploited the vulnerability. As RIM put it, “Multiple security vulnerabilities exist in the PDF distiller of some released versions of the BlackBerry Attachment Service.” This vulnerability could cause memory corruption and could also possibly lead to arbitrary code execution on the computer that hosts the BlackBerry Attachment Service.... Read more...
As we mentioned last week, Microsoft confirmed an unpatched bug in Internet Explorer that hackers are exploiting. Now, the company is issuing an emergency security patch for all versions of Internet Explorer. In an advance notification of the patch, Microsoft describes it as protection against a "remote code execution" vulnerability. Microsoft posted a security advisory last Wednesday and offered a few mitigations and workarounds for protection. This flaw makes it possible for attackers to steal personal data such as passwords if a user visits a compromised website. On Saturday, Microsoft warned that 1 in 500 Internet Explorer users worldwide may have been exposed to malware hosted at both legitimate... Read more...
As many T-Mobile G1 users are waiting for the RC29 update that started rolling out a few days ago to hit their phones, Google is already in the process of releasing another update.Generally speaking, people welcome updates with open arms, hoping that the update will improve their phone’s functionality. This update has a few people upset, however. You see, last week, a tinkerer realized that it was possible to “jailbreak” the phone and gain root access by using telnetd. This jailbreak gives you full admin abilities, right down to the core of the handset’s file system. This access allows for both good and bad modifications. Given that root access lets you do stuff you probably shouldn’t without... Read more...
The security vulnerabilities already discovered in Chrome appear to have been patched by Google. Of course, Google (much like Apple) hasn't provided any release notes, so discovering what's been fixed isn't that easy. Google said, in a group post: We're planning to do release notes. 149.29 is a security update and we released it as fast as we could. We would've liked more time to prepare things, but some of the vulnerabilities were made public without giving us a chance to respond, update, and protect our users first. Thanks for being patient as we work out the kinks in all of our processes, Mark Larson Program Manager for Google Chrome It seems that the "carpet bombing" flaw created by using... Read more...
Apple patched QuickTime not once, but an amazing eleven times on Wednesday. Some of the patches were to improve stability and compatibility, but there were also some exploits which were found and patched.“It's at least the sixth time Apple has patched QuickTime since October, as researchers and hackers have been closely examining media players for vulnerabilities. As operating systems have become more secure, vulnerabilities in applications have become a favored route to break into a PC.”Apple is notoriously coy with information regarding the specific exploits, but the running rumor is that most of the exploits patched were actually found by Apple themselves.... Read more...
With the recent sub-2 minute hack of the Air via a Safari exploit, a running string of iPhone hacks, and numerous people finding ways to put OS X on PCs they built themselves, you'd think Apple would have learned not to make security claims.  Of course, if you thought that you don't know a whole lot about Steve Jobs, who has been using every chance he's gotten to tout the new iPhone 2.0's unhackability.Where there's a will, there's a way.Not even 24 hours after the release of the latest update for the iPhone firmware 1.2.0 (or 2.0, as The Steve calls it,) they sent us this picture showing that they have pwned it again, getting it to work completely unlocked, and run all applications. As... Read more...
Apple TV users who updated to the new 2.0 software may have already received an update to 2.0.1.“The fix, available through the Apple TV's own update utility, is not documented by the company and appears primarily to be a maintenance update.However, a preliminary discovery reveals a Genres category under My Movies, letting owners browse by type.”We've been unable to discover any other changes at this stage, but we have a feeling that a patch rushed out without a list of changes might contain some fix for a critical vulnerability.... Read more...
The second patch for Crytek’s highly-acclaimed shooter Crysis is now available. Patch 1.2 continues to tune and improve stability and performance according to notes in the changelog.  The main improvements in Patch 1.2 include tweaks to multiplayer, mod support and balance of weapons, AI and vehicles, including: Added mod loader to main menu Increased damage of most player-fired weapons and decreased damage of most AI-fired weapons Added auto team balance Added grenade indicator for enemy and friendly team Added additional audio feedback (headshot/body) on bullet impact Fully implementing Crytek’s internal anti-cheat-solution Added numbers to energy bar in PowerStruggle for quicker reference... Read more...
Along with the mundane, this month's Windows Update for Vista includes some prerequisites for Vista SP1.Speaking of Windows Vista SP1, the final two of three prerequisite updates needed to install Windows Vista SP1 will also be hitting Windows Update.  KB937287 which is the servicing stack update and KB938371 which is a multi-component update are both required before installing Windows Vista SP1. KB938371 will not be offered to Windows Vista Enterprise and Windows Vista Ultimate systems until KB935509, the first prerequisite in the series of three, has been installed. Both of the Windows Vista SP1 prerequisites are marked "Important" and will install automatically if you have Window Updates... Read more...
From NVIDIA Public Relations:Today, Crytek released the version 1.1 patch for Crysis. This patch improves 3D performance in single and SLI mode. For optimal SLI performance with the patch, you will need to use the v169.28 graphics driver. It can be downloaded at the following link: https://www.nzone.com/object/nzone_ut3_downloads.html We are completing some final testing of the patch with this driver. Once this is complete, the driver will be available for download on NVIDIA.com. ... Read more...
Some of you may never have heard of AutoPatcher. Well, how many of you have received a new computer with Windows XP SP2, and immediately hooked it up to the Internet to download all the post-SP2 hotfixes? What a pain, right? AutoPatcher was the fix for that.  It was a freeware project that put all the fixes into one downloadable image, that you could then apply - without connection to the Internet.  It even handled the "you must install X before Y issues."  Now it's gone. Today we received an e-mail from Microsoft, requesting the immediate take-down of the download page, which of course means that AutoPatcher is probably history. As much as we disagree, we can do very little, and although the... Read more...
A number of Blogger users, ourselves included, have noticed a series of publishing and saving glitches on Blogger lately.  There was even an outage this week, though that may have been the result of patches that Google performed to fix the issue.  Additionally, on Friday, Google added direct video upload services to Blogger. An undetermined number of Blogger publishers had trouble performing various editing and posting operations on Monday and Tuesday, but by Wednesday the problem had been solved.After marking the eighth 'birthday' of this free blogging service on Thursday, Google announced the video upload feature on Friday. "This feature allows you to upload videos and create... Read more...
A recent article in The Inquirer indicated that ATI, as well as other vendors, had  "particularly badly" written drivers which could expose the Vista kernel to attack.  This afternoon ATI plans to release a new driver package with a critical security fix in response to this issue. "The market recently discovered a potential security vulnerability that could impact AMD's Catalyst software package. After immediate investigation, AMD determined that a small section of code from one of the files in our installer package is potentially vulnerable," Carvill said. AMD is advising ATI Radeon graphics users to update to Catalyst version 7.8 once it is available at its software and drivers... Read more...
There has been much speculation recently about Windows Vista SP1 Beta, and even rumors and sightings around the web.  There was also a "leak" of some pre-Beta patches a week or so ago.  Microsoft has now officially released them. Microsoft still isn't commenting on when a beta of Service Pack 1 for Vista will be officially released (our money is on November), but the company has posted two updates that are expected to be part of that final package: the "performance and reliability" update and the "compatibility and reliability" update. These are official releases.The "standalone updates" have been posted to Microsoft's support site, and users will need to validate their Vista installs... Read more...
If you are one of those people who already owns an Apple TV, then you might want to go into your menu and force an update.  The security patch that fixes a buffer overflow issue will not be part of automatic updates at this time. Description: A buffer overflow vulnerability exists in the UPnP IGD (Internet Gateway Device Standardized Device Control Protocol) code used to create Port Mappings on home NAT gateways in the Apple TV implementation. By sending a maliciously crafted packet, a remote attacker can trigger the overflow which may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution. This update addresses the issue by performing additional validation when processing... Read more...
Apple has announced that the iPhone will go on sale on June 29th. The phone has a large touchscreen, will play video, play music, and display and store photos. Apple is hoping for --and can expect-- a sort of frenzy usually reserved for hard -to-find toys at Christmastime for the units, which come with either 4 or 8 gigabytes of  flash memory and will cost $500 or $600 respectively. Worldwide cellphone sales are running at about 1 billion units a year, and Jobs noted that if Apple took a 1 percent market share in 2008, that would mean the company would sell 10 million iPhones. The debut of the iPhone poses a challenge to other handset makers such as Motorola Inc. and Nokia,... Read more...
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