TREZOR security firmware update 1.5.2

The original Bitcoin hardware wallet TREZOR releases security firmware update 1.5.2
17 August 2017   1590

Today, August 17th, SatoshiLabs releases a security update to TREZOR, a new firmware version — 1.5.2 — was pushed out to all users. 

This update fixes a security issue which affects all devices with firmware versions lower than 1.5.2.
 

TREZOR team

The TREZOR team is not releasing a detailed description of the issue to give enough time for users to update and for other hardware wallets based on TREZOR to distribute an update. Thus, currently, this update will be marked as optional. However, a detailed report is to be published in the coming days and once it is released, the update will become mandatory in TREZOR Wallet.

Although specific technical details are unavailable, SatoshiLabs has sought to reassure users that only physical theft would present an opportunity for malicious actors to potentially compromise devices: “It is important to note that this is not a remote execution attack,” the email to customers explains.

To exploit this issue, an attacker would need physical access to a disassembled TREZOR device with uncovered electronics. It is impossible to do this without destroying the plastic case.
 

TREZOR team

It continues that “coins are safe” provided devices are kept within reach of their owners.

There is no long-term access needed to copy all your secret information from Trezor using this hack; it can be done just in 15 seconds.
 

TREZOR team

For more information, please, get acquainted with the full TRESOR's report.

Change.org to Mine for Charity

According to the calculations, if 10k computers will run the minning screensaver for 12 hours a day, the charity fund will receive $10k monthly
18 July 2018   99

Social platform for petitions Change.org announced the launch of a screensaver that mines Monero on users' computers. All tokens will be transferred to the charity fund of Change.org. This is reported by Coindesk.

This initiative was launched in partnership with the marketing agency Tracelocke Brazil.

Representatives of Change.org report that the screensaver will consume resources only when users do not use the computer. According to their calculations, if 10 thousand computers will run the screensaver for 12 hours a day, the charity fund will be transferred $ 10 thousand monthly.

At the moment the program is available only for Windows users and the platform did not report on the release plans for the version for macOS.

Note that at the end of April, a similar action was launched by the Australian unit of the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund; (UNICEF). The website "Page of Hope" mines Monero cryptocurrency.