Google to Acquire GraphicsFuzz

Company which is engaged in the search for vulnerabilities in the graphics drivers for Android
07 August 2018   346

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.

Oracle to Announce Java SE 11 & Java Development Kit 11

As reported, support for Java 8 will end in December 2020, and Java 10 won't receive any updates
27 September 2018   416

Oracle developers announced the release of the Java 11 standard and its implementation of the JDK (Java Development Kit) with a long support period up to 2026. It is fully compatible with previous versions. Support for Java 8 will end in December 2020, and Java 10 won't receive any updates.

New in Java SE 11

  • Nest-Based Access Control system implemented
  • The .class format is complemented by the support for the CONSTANT_Dynamic forms, which are loaded by the creation of constants to the bootstrap method.
  • Added support for the latest version of the transport layer security protocol - TLS 1.3. It accelerates the loading of mobile web pages, and also filters out old, vulnerable cryptographic primitives, replacing them with more complex encryption algorithms.
  • Standardized support for the HTTP Client API, introduced in the Java 9 incubator.
  • Epsilon garbage collector is launched in a test mode.
  • The Java EE and CORBA modules are removed from the JDK and the Java SE platform, and the Nashorn engine and the Pack200 tools are declared obsolete.
  • The JavaFX module is excluded from the kernel and is shipped separately.
  • Existing APIs are updated to support the Unicode 10 format.
  • Added tools for streaming low-level data on errors and problems.
  • Added the ability to run single-file programs that contain the source code.

More information about the changes can be found on the Release Notes page of JDK 11.

The previous, intermediate version of the standard and JDK 10 came out in March 2018. A set of development tools has received three new variants of Java virtual machines, the sharing of application classes and the support of the experimental Just-in-Time compiler on Linux / x64.