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  • WireGuard Snapshot `0.0.20191012` Available
    Hash: SHA256
    A new snapshot, `0.0.20191012`, has been tagged in the git repository.
    Please note that this snapshot is a snapshot rather than a final
    release that is considered secure and bug-free. WireGuard is generally
    thought to be fairly stable, and most likely will not crash your
    computer (though it may).  However, as this is a snapshot, it comes
    with no guarantees; it is not applicable for CVEs.
    With all that said, if you'd like to test this snapshot out, there are a
    few relevant changes.
    == Changes ==
      * qemu: bump default version
      * netns: add test for failing 5.3 FIB changes
      Kernels 5.3.0 - 5.3.3 crash (and are probably exploitable) via this one liner:
      unshare -rUn sh -c 'ip link add dummy1 type dummy && ip link set dummy1 up && ip -6 route add default dev dummy1 && ip -6 rule add table main suppress_prefixlength 0 && ping -f 1234::1'
      We fixed this upstream here:
      This is relevant to WireGuard because a very similar sequence of commands is
      used by wg-quick(8).
      So, we've now added some tests to catch this code path in the future. While
      the bug here was a random old use-after-free, the test checks the general
      policy routing setup used by wg-quick(8), so that we make sure this continues
      to work with future kernels.
      * noise: recompare stamps after taking write lock
      We now recompare counters while holding a write lock.
      * netlink: allow preventing creation of new peers when updating
      This is a small enhancement for wg-dynamic, so that we can update peers
      without readding them if they've already been removed.
      * wg-quick: android: use Binder for setting DNS on Android 10
      wg-quick(8) for Android now supports Android 10 (Q). We'll be releasing a new
      version of the app for this later today.
    This snapshot contains commits from: Jason A. Donenfeld and Nicolas Douma.
    As always, the source is available at and
    information about the project is available at .
    This snapshot is available in compressed tarball form here:
      SHA2-256: 93573193c9c1c22fde31eb1729ad428ca39da77a603a3d81561a9816ccecfa8e
      BLAKE2b-256: d7979c453201b9fb6b1ad12092515b27ea6899397637a34f46e74b52b36ddf56
    A PGP signature of that file decompressed is available here:
      Signing key: AB9942E6D4A4CFC3412620A749FC7012A5DE03AE
    If you're a snapshot package maintainer, please bump your package version. If
    you're a user, the WireGuard team welcomes any and all feedback on this latest
    Finally, WireGuard development thrives on donations. By popular demand, we
    have a webpage for this:
    Thank you,
    Jason Donenfeld
  • WireGuard 0.0.20191012 Released With Latest Fixes

    WireGuard is still working on transitioning to the Linux kernel's existing crypto API as a faster approach to finally make it into the mainline kernel, but for those using the out-of-tree WireGuard secure VPN tunnel support, a new development release is available.

  • SafeBreach catches vulnerability in controversial HP Touchpoint Analytics software

    Now the feature is embroiled in another minor controversy after security researchers at SafeBreach said they uncovered a new vulnerability. HP Touchpoint Analytics comes preinstalled on many HP devices that run Windows. Every version below is affected by what SafeBreach found.

    In a blog post, SafeBreach Labs security researcher Peleg Hadar said that because the service is executed as "NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM," it is afforded extremely powerful permissions that give it wide access.

    "The CVE-2019-6333 vulnerability gives attackers the ability to load and execute malicious payloads using a signed service. This ability might be abused by an attacker for different purposes such as execution and evasion, for example: Application Whitelisting Bypass Signature Validation Bypassing," Hadar wrote.


    The company has long had to defend HP Touchpoint Analytics against critics who say it gives HP unnecessary access to users' systems. When it first became widely noticed in 2017, dozens of users complained that they had not consented to adding the system.

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