Canonical Patches Ancient “Dirty COW” Kernel Bug in All Supported Ubuntu OSes

A significant Linux kernel bug has been patched today by Canonical.   Club members running any Ubuntu derived OS (Mint, Elementary, etc.) should manually trigger your OS updater to apply the patch.

If running Android on Tablets/Phones, users may need to check with their OEM as to patch timing.   Club members running Chromebooks will receive the updates automatically from Google in the next day or two.


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Ransomware tool…

Cisco’s Talos team has developed an open-source tool that can protect the master boot record of Windows computers from modification by ransomware and other malicious attacks.

The tool, called MBRFilter, functions as a signed system driver and puts the disk’s sector 0 into a read-only state. It is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows versions and its source code has been published on GitHub.

The tool acts as a system driver and blocks ransomware and other malicious programs from injecting rogue code into the master boot record.

Details can be found at

12+ hours in and here’s where I’m at . . .


Trying to install Win10 Anniversary edition for the 3rd time.  This is my demo HP laptop that came with Win8.1 and has been running Win10 for a year.  This is my 3rd try with the same result – I have a blank screen.  HD lite does flash randomly – at least once every 15 seconds – so this might just be a waiting game.  After each of the first 2 failed installs, it rebooted and reinstalled a previous version of Win10 and came right back to a working laptop.  Read a few hints online – made certain everything was up to date, removed the wireless mouse USB hub, ran a few checks as admin and it did find and fix some file error.  Went to MS web and downloaded and started the Anniversary install again.  That was at 3:30p.m.  And the screen went blank after the second reboot at approx 32% updating.  It is now 11:15 p.m. and I’ll put a box over the screen again tonight to stop the glare, and I’ll let you know how it is in the morning.  Fingers crossed      🙂