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Microsoft clarified the release dates of drivers for Windows 11 and 10 retroactively

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Dates for all Windows drivers are set to June 21, 2006 to avoid compatibility issues.

In the past few years, users have received driver updates marked “INTEL – System” dated 1968, even though they were delivered immediately after the upgrade to Windows 11.

Most of these drivers are available in the optional updates preferences panel in Windows 11 and Windows 10. Microsoft has posted on its blog explained why and how these drivers are used in Windows.

There are mainly three types of driver releases – Windows / Microsoft released drivers, Intel or NVIDIA drivers, and custom drivers developed by PC manufacturers. According to company representatives, the dates for all Windows drivers are set to June 21, 2006 to avoid compatibility issues.

Windows Update ranks drivers based on various factors, including date. For example, if a driver available in the Microsoft library matches the hardware ID of a device perfectly, it will be a better candidate and users will be able to download it. However, if there are multiple drivers matching the hardware ID, the driver with the most recent time stamp is automatically selected. If, in this case, there is also a relationship between multiple drivers, Microsoft will look for the highest version number of the file corresponding to the release date of the assembly.

But there is one catch – Windows drivers will automatically have a newer timestamp than the one specified by the manufacturer when installing a new build of Windows. As a result, the manufacturer’s drivers will be replaced by Windows drivers, which may interfere with the operation of some device functions. Windows drivers are deliberately marked out of date to avoid this situation.

By creating “old” versions of Windows drivers, Microsoft allows the manufacturer’s drivers to maintain priority over updating Windows.

As Microsoft explained, Intel drivers are dated 1968 (the year Intel was founded) for the same reason – in order to lower the priority of Intel drivers.

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It turned out that even a turned off iPhone can be hacked

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It turned out that even a turned off iPhone can

Researchers at the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany have found that the iPhone can be at risk even when turned off.

When iPhone is turned off, most wireless chips, including Bluetooth, NFC, and Ultra-Wideband (UWB), continue to work for up to 24 hours. So the phone can still be found through Find My and you can still access credit cards and digital keys. These wireless chips have direct access to the secure element and can be used to install malware on the iPhone even when iOS is down.

Wireless chips operate in low power mode (Low-Power Mode, LPM). This is not to be confused with Power Saving Mode, which extends battery life. LPM support is implemented in hardware, which means that this issue cannot be fixed with a software-side fix.

It turned out that even a turned off iPhone can be hacked

Researchers conducted a security analysis of the LPM features introduced in iOS 15 and found that the Bluetooth LPM firmware could be modified to run malware on the iPhone. These loopholes have not been previously considered and could allow hackers with system-level access to track someone’s location or trigger new features on the phone. The problem seems to stem from the fact that LPM features were designed with functionality in mind, and there seemed to be little attention given to possible threats outside of the intended applications.

Disabling Find My turns turned off iPhones into tracking devices, and the implementation in the Bluetooth firmware is not immune to manipulation. Tracking properties can be surreptitiously modified by attackers with system-level access.

Ars Technica notes that most iPhone users have nothing to worry about, since a jailbroken iPhone is required to infect third-party software. However, the security hole can be exploited by spyware such as Pegasus.

The results of the research were transferred to Apple, which did not comment on the situation.

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The GeForce RTX 3050 can now also be almost fully used for Ethereum mining. Nvidia LHR v3 security cracked 90%

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The GeForce RTX 3050 can now also be almost fully

A couple of weeks ago, the LHR protection in Nvidia graphics cards was cracked, which allowed everyone to use accelerators for Ethereum mining at full capacity again. But in fact, then the protection of LHR v2 was cracked, but not LHR v3.

The GeForce RTX 3050 can now also be almost fully used for Ethereum mining.  Nvidia LHR v3 security cracked 90%

The LHR v3 version is present in Nvidia’s latest releases: RTX 3050 and RTX 3080 12GB. And it is still not completely hacked, but now the NiceHash miner is able to use 90% of the performance of these cards when mining cryptocurrency. It’s not a complete hack yet, but it’s getting very close.

Fortunately, at the moment the cryptocurrency market is in a state of decline, so it hardly makes any sense to buy the same RTX 3050 for mining, which means that gamers need not worry for now.

By the way, a large article has been published on our website with an analysis of methods for cracking Nvidia protection.

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Nvidia lost. LHR mining protection is also hacked under Linux. This was done by NBMiner developers

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Nvidia lost LHR mining protection is also hacked under

Two days have passed since the NiceHash developers cracked the Nvidia LHR protection, as the NBMiner team also pleased their users with the same news. Only this time we are talking about software for Linux.

Nvidia lost.  LHR mining protection is also hacked under Linux.  This was done by NBMiner developers

Thus, Nvidia’s protection completely fell for both Windows and Linux. Unfortunately, both programs are closed source, so it’s not clear what mechanisms the developers used to hack.

Whether the loss of Nvidia will affect the availability and prices of video cards is still difficult to say. At the moment, the cryptocurrency market continues to fall, but sooner or later it will turn around, and gamers may again face shortages and overpriced graphics cards.

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