Topic: software bugs

Majority of Android vulnerabilities are due to lack of security updates

A team of researchers from the University of Cambridge have discovered that about 87% of Android vulnerabilities are due to a lack of security updates from manufacturers. The researchers used a device analyzer app they created to get statistics from more than 20,000 devices. With the data they collected, they rated each device manufacturer based … continue reading

MIT researchers develop an automatic software bug-repair system

MIT researchers want to fix software bugs by borrowing functionality from other apps. “Over time, what you’d be doing is building this hybrid system that takes the best components from all these [other] implementations,” said Stelios Sidiroglou-Douskos, research scientist at MIT’s CSAIL. (Related: Google expands bug bounty program to Android) The researchers have developed CodePhage, … continue reading

Engaging women in computer science, The Internet of Toys, and self-repairing software—SD Times news digest: Nov. 17, 2014

A new Kickstarter project wants to help mold the next generation of innovators. DynePods is a wearable, educational, programmable and connected toy that is designed to teach fundamental concepts of customization, programming, engineering and socialization. “I am thrilled to be in the toy business,” said Krissa Watry, president and CEO of Dynepic, which developers DynePods. … continue reading Protection Status