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2880823 – Deprecation of SHA-1 Hashing Algorithm for Microsoft Root Certificate...

Revision Note: V1.0 (November 12, 2013): Advisory published.Summary: Microsoft is announcing a policy change to the Microsoft Root Certificate Program. The new policy will no longer allow root certificate authorities to issue X.509 certificates using t...

Updates to Improve Cryptography and Digital Certificate Handling in Windows –...

Revision Note: V1.3 (November 12, 2013): Added the 2868725 update to the Available Updates and Release Notes section.Summary: Microsoft is announcing the availability of updates as part of ongoing efforts to improve cryptography and digital certificate...

Update for Disabling RC4 – Version: 1.0

Revision Note: V1.0 (November 12, 2013): Advisory published.Summary: Microsoft is announcing the availability of an update for supported editions of Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, and Windows RT to address known weak...

Deprecation of SHA-1 Hashing Algorithm for Microsoft Root Certificate Program –...

Revision Note: V1.0 (November 12, 2013): Advisory published.Summary: Microsoft is announcing a policy change to the Microsoft Root Certificate Program. The new policy will no longer allow root certificate authorities to issue X.509 certificates using t...

Synology DS214se Reviewed

ProductSynology DS214se Disk Station   [Website]SummarySynology's lowest cost two bay, Marvell-based BYOD SATA NAS supporting all DSM 4.3 featuresPros• Very aggressive price (for Synology)• Runs full suite of DSM 4.3 applications• Mobile Apps for iOS and Android• iSCSI target supportCons• No USB 3.0 ports• 2.5" drives require optional ($) adapter• Drives not hot swappable Are you thinking of doing some holiday shopping for that favorite geek of yours? You're in luck, since Synology recently announced two new 2-bay BYOD NASes.

The subject of today's review—the DS214se—is its lowest-priced dual-bay NAS that's only $10 more than Synology's entry-level single-bay DS112j. Synology sent its first review sample to us, so let's get going. Synology's announcement said the "se" stood for "single-role edition", but there is no mention of this on the product's page. Instead, you find "A Budget-Friendly, Personal Cloud" as the product's catchphrase, which perhaps suits it better. The se's material cost has been trimmed to the bone by using a single-core Marvell Armada 370 SoC with only a minimal 256 MB of DDR3 RAM and 8 MB of flash. Priced at only $160, you can't expect it to burn up the performance charts, but it's not a totally stripped-down NAS, either. It runs the Synology's standard DSM 4.3 operating system including all add-in apps. The front and rear panels are relatively simple, so I've combined both of them into a single screenshot along with the LED status indicator chart. I like that Synology uses a combination of color and blink/static states to show you what's happening at a glance.

An orange LED for either of the Disk indicators means that you have a disk failure.

The front LAN indicator shows connectivity and activity. Synology DS214se front and rear panels with LED indicator chart The rear panel has a single Gigabit Ethernet port with two LED indicators, two USB 2.0 ports, a reset hole, power jack and a Kensington lockdown hole. Note the lack of USB 3.0 and eSATA ports. Inside The image below shows the top of the DS214se's PCB. You can clearly see the Marvell SoC in the center of the board. Synology DS214se PCB top The image below shows the two 2 TB WD Red (WD20EFRX) drives that Synology supplied in the review sample, mounted over the PCB. Since the se isn't a hot-swappable design, you remove two screws on the rear panel, then slide the case apart to mount the drives. Synology DS214se with cover removed The integrated drive brackets support 3.5" drives only.

If you want to mount 2.5" drives, you'll need to purchase special brackets for those. The se drew only 14 W with the two WD Red drives spun up and 7 W when the drives reliably spun down after the programmable idle time elapsed. Noise level was judged as low since it was barely audible in the quiet home office test area.

The fan never spun up to a higher level even under load during testing. The table below summarizes the se's key components. I've included the key components for the $150 Buffalo LinkStation LS421e and the $140 Zyxel 2-Bay Power Plus Media Server NSA325 for comparison.

As you can see, the DS412se is running at the slowest clock speed of the three devices and has half the RAM. It's also missing the USB 3.0 chipset, as the DS214se only supports only two USB 2.0 ports. Key component summary and comparison Related Items: Synology Adds Low-Cost And High Performance Dual-Bay NASesThecus N2310 SOHO / Home NAS Server ReviewedNew To The Charts: Synology DS211New To The Charts: Synology DS211+New To The Charts: QNAP TS-219P+

Chrome 32 lets you easily find and close those noisy tabs

From finding noisy tabs to Windows Metro to protecting you from malicious downloads, the latest Chrome Beta has solutions for several browser problems. November 11, 2013 1:44 PM PST Tabs in Chrome 32 Beta will notify you via icons when they're s...

New security holes found in D-Link router

Security researcher reveals multiple Web-based security vulnerabilities in the D-Link 2760N. November 11, 2013 12:54 PM PST A new spate of vulnerabilities have been found in a D-Link router, a security researcher said Monday. The D-Link 2760N, ...

Samsung, Nokia say they don’t know how to track a powered-down...

Privacy International still awaits answers from Apple, BlackBerry, and others.    

How Adobe’s messy password breach can spill to sites like Diapers.com

Websites race to protect their users following leak of 130 million passwords.    

Microsoft’s IE chief to take on a new role

Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of IE, Dean Hachamovitch, is taking on a new role on an unspecified team at the company.

America, get ready to receive Amazon Prime deliveries on Sunday

Service starts in New York and Los Angeles, will be expanded in 2014.    

Heins Not Asked to Leave BlackBerry, but Nudged: Report

John Chen wasn't hired to replace BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins.

He was hired and so Heins decided to leave, reports the Globe and Mail. Thorsten Heins wasn't asked to leave BlackBerry, but his hand was forced, The Globe and Mail reported Nov. 11, sharing the first details to emerge about the change in strategy at the Canadian phone maker. BlackBerry on Nov. 4 announced a new financial strategy—the decision to keep the company public and accept a $1 billion investment from Fairfax Financial, its biggest shareholder, and other investors in exchange for the chance to buy a 16 percent share of the company, instead of selling outright to Fairfax for $4.7 billion.   In the same statement, it shared that Heins was resigning and John Chen, a tech veteran who helped turn around Sybase, had been appointed executive chair of BlackBerry's board of directors and would serve as interim CEO, as the company searched for a new permanent CEO. But the details, as listed in BlackBerry's press release (though not explicitly so), were reversed—Chen was hired and so Heins decided to leave. "Thorsten did a very good job, given the hand that he was dealt, but resigned because you can't have two people being in charge," Prem Watsa, CEO of Fairfax, told the Globe. "He said to me, 'It's very appropriate for me to resign. I like John Chen, but I'm CEO and there is one person in charge.'" Watsa added that neither he nor Chen asked Heins to resign.

And while Heins had managed the important development of launching BlackBerry 10, more was needed. "It seemed to me, going forward, you needed someone with the enterprise background and a very good track record," Watsa continued, according to the report. "John Chen has grown up in Silicon Valley.

He knows most of the players in the tech world." Heins, in a letter sent to the BlackBerry staff Nov. 4 (and acquired by the Wall Street Journal), called Chen a "renowned expert in technology and global markets" and said that his "deep roots in the technology industry will be invaluable to BlackBerry." He went on to say that he remained "BlackBerry's biggest fan" and will be "cheering from the sidelines." It's been reported that Heins will walk away with $22 million. Had BlackBerry been acquired, as it had considered, and Heins been fired, his package might have totaled $48 million, according to a May proxy filing discovered by Bloomberg. Chen also stands to be well-compensated for his troubles. BlackBerry will pay him a base salary of $1 million, plus a performance bonus of $2 million. Over the longer term, he'll also be rewarded stock in BlackBerry worth $85 million at the current share price, the Globe reported Nov. 8.  According to regulatory documents filed Nov. 8, according to the Globe, Chen's contract states that if his "employment is terminated without cause, he will be entitled to be paid his salary for the remainder of the year in which he is terminated as well as two times his base bonus (total of $6 million), and be entitled to benefits (excluding those relating to transportation) for 18 months following such termination." In a statement, Chen called BlackBerry "an iconic brand with enormous potential." But, he added, "it's going to take time, discipline and tough decisions to reclaim our success."   Follow Michelle Maisto on Twitter.