Google Issues Emergency Patch to Fix Android Flaw

Today's topics include Google's emergency Android patch for a Linux Kernel flaw, previews of the first batch of Microsoft Edge browser extensions, new HP PageWide, OfficeJet Pro and LaserJet printers and the launch of GoDaddy's OpenStack-powered cloud services.

Facing multiple Android security challenges in March so far, Google is issuing an unprecedented mid-month emergency patch update. The emergency patch is not, however, related to reports of a new Stagefright flaw, but is for a known Linux kernel vulnerability that Google was scheduled to fix.

The Android Security Advisory is an out-of-band update for a privilege escalation vulnerability identified in the Linux upstream kernel.

While Google did not have a formal patch for the issue until March 18, Google's Verify Apps technology already was identifying and blocking apps that attempted to use the vulnerability.

Members of Microsoft's Windows Insiders early-access program, can get an early look at how extensions work on the Microsoft Edge browser, the company has announced.

Microsoft Edge is bundled with Windows 10, replacing Internet Explorer as the operating system's default Web browser. Faster and more Web standards-compliant than IE, Edge offers a streamlined and minimalist user experience popularized by rival browsers like Google's Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox.

Technology giant Hewlett-Packard unveiled a new brand of PageWide printer and expanded its business printing portfolio with new OfficeJet Pro and LaserJet printers.

In addition to a lineup of A4 devices early next year, HP will expand the reach of PageWide technology with a new portfolio of A3 multifunction printers. The portfolio will increase the number of managed devices designed for contractual channel partners and managed print services engagements.

GoDaddy, one of the largest domain registrars and shared hosting providers, is jumping into the cloud market with a new OpenStack-powered public cloud service.

The move toward a public OpenStack cloud service has been several years in the making at GoDaddy. In 2014, GoDaddy expanded its service offerings to include a new Pro-level service tier, providing managed hosting services for customers. GoDaddy is now combining its OpenStack offering with its cloud services platform to provide a new public cloud option.

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