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This WARN winch drags off-roading tech into the 21st century

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If I were forced to list the top five most antiquated activities a person can partake in, from least advanced to most, it would look something like this:

  1. Jumping rope

  2. Churning butter

  3. Off-roading

  4. Spearfishing

  5. Microwaving a burrito

As you can see, dead center in that list is “off-roading” — a.k.a driving off-road. However, you might instead know it by one of its other names: “wheelin” or “muddin.” And it’s earned a place between churning butter and spearfishing because the tech behind it is about as advanced as that of a horse and buggy.

Ignoring the tech-savvy and luxurious Range Rover, even modern 4x4s are woefully antiquated. Take the Jeep Wrangler for example. It has more in common with cars of the early 20th century than the ones of the early 21st, with its solid axles and old-fashioned steering mechanism. Read more…

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A Microsoft spokesperson told Ars Technica that the Keeper team had patched the exploit (in response to Ormandy's private disclosure), so it shouldn't be an issue if your software is up to date. Also, you were only exposed if you enabled the plugin.

However, the very existence of the hole has still raised a concern: are Microsoft's security tests as thorough for third-party apps as its own software? The company has declined to comment, but that kind of screening may prove crucial if Microsoft is going to maintain the trust of Windows users. It doesn't matter how secure Microsoft's code is if a bundled app undermines everything.

Source: Monorail, Tavis Ormandy (Twitter)

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