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1410984000 This Week in Google
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Thursday, September 18

1411059600 Tech News Today
1411063200 Know How...
1411066800 The Social Hour
1411072200 Coding 101
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1411083000 The Giz Wiz
1411092000 OMGcraft

Friday, September 19

1411146000 Tech News Today
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1411156800 Android App Arena
1411167600 Tech News 2Night

Saturday, September 20

1411236000 The Tech Guy

Sunday, September 21

1411322400 The Tech Guy
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Monday, September 22

1411405200 Tech News Today
1411408800 Triangulation
1411414200 iPad Today
1411426800 Tech News 2Night
1411428600 Marketing Mavericks

Tuesday, September 23

1411491600 Tech News Today
1411495200 MacBreak Weekly
1411502400 Security Now
1411509600 Before You Buy
1411513200 Tech News 2Night
1411516800 All About Android
1411525800 Padre's Corner

Wednesday, September 24

1411572600 FLOSS Weekly
1411578000 Tech News Today
1411581600 Windows Weekly
1411588800 This Week in Google
1411599600 Tech News 2Night
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Thursday, September 25

1411664400 Tech News Today
1411668000 Know How...
1411671600 The Social Hour
1411677000 Coding 101
1411680600 Home Theater Geeks
1411686000 Tech News 2Night
1411687800 The Giz Wiz
1411696800 OMGcraft

Friday, September 26

1411750800 Tech News Today
1411754400 This Week in Law
1411761600 Android App Arena
1411772400 Tech News 2Night

Saturday, September 27

1411840800 The Tech Guy

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FLOSS Weekly
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Tech News Today

Apple's latest iOS version 8 released today.

Padre's Corner

Cancer Bees, Clean Coal, Ranting on Comcast, and a romp through TechTV.

Before You Buy

Leo Laporte reviews the Moto 360 Android Wear watch.

All About Android

Does everything point back to Android Silver, that oft rumored and never confirmed project?

Security Now
Episode #473: Google vs. SHA-1 September 16th, 2014

Steve Gibson analyzes Google on deprecating SHA-1.

Tech News 2Night

iPhone 6 NFC for Apple Pay only.

MacBreak Weekly
Episode #420: Apple Hangover September 16th, 2014

Insight into Tim Cook

OMGcraft

Chad shows how to make armor stands and everything you can do with them in Minecraft 1.8.

Tech News Today

Samsung marketing hits a new level with the upcoming launch of its YouTube sitcom.

Know How... 106

Bad USB, I Am Groot, and Defcon

August 14 2014

A USB hack that will make you drop your packets, Patrick Djelahanty shows how he built the "Baby Groot" out of common parts, see soundwaves, lock picking, and Defcon wrap up.

"Bad USB"
* German Researchers Karsten Knoll and Jacob Lell discovered an exploit in the way USB works
* ALL USB devices use some form of controller. They're small computers that interface the USB serial communications protocol with whatever device we want to connect via USB.
-- That controller is actually a small computer... and the computer runs an operating system that is determined by firmware.

What's the Exploit?
* The way that USB was created, that firmware is updateable. It's updateable because the creators of the USB standard wanted manufacturers to be able to reprogram the firmware if a flaw was ever discovered in that firmware.
* HOWEVER, that also means that a malicious user (hacker) could reprogram the firmware to make the device act in a way that the manufacturers had not intended.

What does that all mean?
* This means that a USB flash drive could be reprogramed to act like a keyboard
-- So after you plug it in, it issues a series of keystrokes that (for example) open Internet Explorer, navigate to a page that contains malware, then close the browser... all in a matter of seconds
* Or a USB flash drive could be reprogrammed to act like a network adapter
-- All the traffic you send and receive from your network would pass through this new network adapter, which would forward the packet stream to another computer before sending your trafic to the proper destinations.

Worse still... since your computer has USB devices INTEGRATED into the system (Keyboard, Mouse, Webcamera, Card Reader) a compromised USB device could be used to compromise the USB devices in your computer, which would then compromise any USB device that connects to your computer.

Ok... so why not just run an anti-virus? Or copy over new firmware? Or just make USB firmware non-programmable?

Let's take that one at a time: Anti-Virus
* Your system cannot see past the controller of a USB device.
-- The way USB devices work, the system can query the controller, and the controller will tell the system the status of the USB device.
-- If the controller is compromised, then you cannot trust it to report the correct status
** In other words, the only way an Anti-Virus would work would be if the malware infecting the USB device was programmed to tell the system that it was compromising the controller... an unlikely scenario.

Copying New Firmware:
* As with the Anti-Virus question, the system cannot see past the controller.
* When you update firmware on a USB device, the new firmware is loaded into memory, then the controller is responsible for overwriting its old firmware and reporting back to the system with the new firmware status.
* If I was writing BadUSB malware, the first thing I would to would be to disable that process: Allow the controller to copy the new firmware to memory, then strip off the revision number of the new firmware and report THAT to the system.
-- The system thinks it has new firmware, but the malware is still there.

Making USB devices unprogrammable:
* This is the most likely solution, but there are two MAJOR problems
1. It doesn't fix the BILLIONS of USB devices that are already in the wild.
2. If a manufacturer ever discovers a problem with their firmware (say, an exploit) there is no way to patch it.

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