This week’s Tech Roundup includes TimThumb vulnerability, a 4-lesson tutorial on building your own PC, and future CSS3 layouts.
Nosh’s 404 page – One of the more interesting 404 pages I’ve seen in a long time.
New in Labs: Preview Pane – Gmail’s added a preview pane. Just follow the instructions in this article to turn it on.
Ever wanted to build your own PC? Lifehacker put together a great series this week that helps you do just that:
- How to Build a Computer from Scratch, Lesson 1: Hardware Basics
- How to Build a Computer from Scratch, Lesson 2: Choose and Buy Your Parts
- How to Build a Computer from Scratch, Lesson 3: Building the Computer
- How to Build a Computer from Scratch, Lesson 4: Installing Your Operating System
The future of CSS layouts – This article takes a look at how CSS3 can and may, in the future, be used to create website layouts. These are really slick and I’m super excited for them. These new elements cut down on code and, if all browsers support them the same, headaches (although they’ll cut down on those anyway). I think even with the browser-specific CSS, these solutions are still less code than current methods. But, even with browser-specific code, you’ll still run into older browsers that don’t support an element at all so make sure you know your users before implementing. If you’re interested in this topic, check out the author’s (Peter Gasston) book, The Book of CSS3.
Zero Day Vulnerability in many WordPress Themes (timthumb.php) – If you use image thumbnails in your WordPress website, check to see if you’re using TimThumb. “The utility only does a partial match on hostnames allowing hackers to upload and execute arbitrary PHP code in your timthumb cache directory.” That doesn’t sound like anything you want to have happen to your website. If you’re using TimThumb, or aren’t sure if you are, and need to update to the latest version, please contact me. Here are the technical details: Technical details and scripts of the WordPress Timthumb.php hack. And for the fix: WordThumb is now TimThumb 2.0.
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