Google to Acquire GraphicsFuzz

Company which is engaged in the search for vulnerabilities in the graphics drivers for Android
07 August 2018   1153

Google acquired the GraphicsFuzz, which is engaged in the search for vulnerabilities in the graphics drivers for Android. The announcement of the purchase appeared on the main page of the site last. The representative of the IT giant also confirmed the completion of the deal, but did not name its value.

The method of driver testing was invented by researchers from the Faculty of Computing Technology at Imperial College London. It includes fuzzing, with which the vulnerability check is performed by the transfer of intentionally incorrect values, as well as a metamorphic technique that confirms the successful or unsuccessful passing of the test. A detailed description of the technology is published on the project website.

So, in April 2018, the GraphicsFuzz team discovered a vulnerability in the Adreno 630 graphics accelerator. It allowed to remotely reset the Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphone with the Snapdragon 845 processor.

The company hopes that the technology will help to find and fix vulnerabilities in GPUs before they are exploited by intruders.

The deal became known on the day of release of the final version of Android 9 Pie. The updated system has acquired the function Adaptive Battery, which uses machine learning to reduce energy consumption.

Apache NetBeans 11.1 to be Available

New version supports Java SE, Java EE, PHP, JavaScript and Groovy; C\C++ support is planned to be implemented in one of the next releases
23 July 2019   286

The Apache Software Foundation has introduced the Apache NetBeans 11.1 integrated development environment. This is the third release prepared by the Apache Foundation after the transfer of NetBeans code by Oracle and the first release after transferring the project from the incubator to the category of primary Apache projects. The release contains support for such programming languages as Java SE, Java EE, PHP, JavaScript and Groovy. The transfer of C / C ++ support from the code base transferred by Oracle is expected in one of the next releases.

  • Added support for Java EE 8 with the ability to build web applications using Maven or Gradle. 
  • Added support for new Java features.
  • Added examples for Gluon OpenJFX;
  • Improved support for Maven and Gradle build systems. 
  • Added the ability to use Graal.js, a JavaScript implementation based on GraalVM;
  • Implemented separation of caches with Truffle code between different debugging sessions;
  • Added syntax highlighting support for Kotlin code;
  • Implemented the ability to autocomplete code patterns in the Jade language;
  • Added PHP 7.4 support and updated PHP examples;
  • Improved performance on high pixel density (HiDPI) screens. The splash screen, tab delimiters and icons that are displayed at startup are adapted for HiDPI;
  • A transition to a new development cycle, involving the quarterly formation of new issues, has been completed.

Get more info at the official website.