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Mar 2, 2018 - 3 minute read - In The News

Software Testing News - 26th Feb 2018 to 2nd March 2018

Software Testing Weekly News - 26th Feb 2018 to 2nd March 2018

News from the world of IT relevant to Software Testing and Software Development professionals.

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AI Learns to Exploit Q*Bert

An AI based on Evolutionary Algorithms has learned to exploit a bug in Q*Bert in an Atari 2600 version of the Game.

Racking up millions of points after clearing the first level.

Controversially, judging by comments on the YouTube video released by researchers, retrogamers have been unable to replicate the bug.

Source: The Verge http://bit.ly/2oJ7Hgj

Learn AI With Google

Google have released a “Learn with Google AI” website to teach AI and Machine Learning.

Currently this has overview videos and a free online course called “Machine Learning Crash Course”.

Source: Learn with Google AI https://ai.google/education

Facebook emails bled data

A security researcher found a data leakage bug in Facebook emails.

Mohamed Baset examined the source of an auto-generated email sent to him from a Facebook page and discovered that the name and id of the page admin was included in the email source code.

You might find it interesting to perform a similar test on your own emails by looking at the code of the email sent to you. In gmail you can do this via the ‘show original’ menu item when viewing the email.

Source: Sophos.com http://bit.ly/2Fxr3gw

Apple iOS Character Crash

Apple iOS was found to have a vulnerability to a specific character causing the OS and apps to have problems.

A Telugu alphabet character could cause applications to freeze and the phone might need to be reboot.

I learned about this from my son as the news went viral around playgrounds in the UK with Android users happily messaging the character to iOS users as a prank.

The bug was fixed via a patch four days after initially reported.

Software Testers should be aware that this is a variant of an injection attack (it has been reported as a “text bomb”) and this is not the first time such a bug has been found in iOS devices.

If you encounter a common recurring type of defect in your software you should really change your testing or development approach to mitigate the risk of it happening again.

Source: MacRumors.comhttp://bit.ly/2FOmtuF

Detailed Sources:

AI Learns to Exploit QBert

Learn AI With Google

Facebook emails bled data

Apple iOS Character Crash