A week after a relatively easy team victory and racing to a perfect team score in its first meet of the season at Northern Illinois University Invitational, the Wisconsin women’s cross country team, ranked 13th in the USTFCCCA Preseason National Rankings, returns to action this weekend at Iowa State University.While their initial meet offered challenges of its own, such as rain and atrocious course conditions, this weekend’s meet will see the Badgers go toe-to-toe with some national powerhouses, including the Colorado Buffaloes, ranked No. 6 in their region and No. 23 nationally. They will also face off against Oklahoma State, which is also ranked No. 6 in its respective region. UW head coach Jim Stintzi notes the course should be rather challenging. “The course should be pretty tough at ISU, with the earlier stages of the race being fairly flat, but with hills kicking in during the second half of the race when all the runners will be the most fatigued,” Stintzi said. “It should be a good preview of the course layouts for some of our bigger meets down the road, such as the Big Ten Championships, the Great Lakes Regional Meet and the National Meet.”Stintzi believes the team’s ability to react to poor conditions at NIU and still race well will suit it well when adverse weather strikes later on in the season and is happy his team had to overcome such an event early on. Stintzi also believes the Badgers will be rolling into their meet in Ames, Iowa with some confidence.When discussing what he hopes the team will take out of its opener at NIU, Stintzi said they need to compete as a unit, rather than against each other.“Running as a team needs to improve, as each runner ran too much as an individual,” Stintzi said. “This is common early on in the season when everyone is fighting for a spot on the traveling squad. … We need to learn how to run with more a pack mentality and work together as a cohesive unit in races.”Individually, junior top runner Hanna Grinaker has multiple goals for this meet. “On an individual level, I would like to get a better feel for cross country racing, as last week was far from typical as far as weather and course conditions go,” Grinaker said. “I hope to be near the front of the race, maintain a positive mindset throughout the race and contend for a top spot overall.”Grinaker is also excited about the team’s chemistry as the season progresses. “The team is gelling extremely well,” Grinaker said. “All of the girls are really close and extremely positive people. We all genuinely want the best for one another.”Senior Gwen Jorgensen sees the meet as a huge steppingstone for the team and an early progression gauge. “Each meet builds in importance from here,” Jorgenson said. “Pre-Nationals, Big Tens, Regionals and Nationals. Saturday will be a good test in determining our potential as a team come November.” While the meet on Saturday will not make or break the Badger’s season, it will be a huge day for the talented freshman class to prove itself under the heat of tough competition as well as a chance for Coach Stintzi to see what his team is made of. The Badgers will be thrown into the fire this week at ISU and hope to walk away calloused and tough, prepared for even tougher battles that lie ahead.
Spectre Next Generation vulnerabilities affect Intel processors by Martin Brinkmann on May 03, 2018 in Security – Last Update: May 03, 2018 – 40 commentsIntel is facing another wave of reported security issues that affect the company’s processors. The vulnerabilities, called Spectre Next Generation or Spectre NG, have not been disclosed publicly yet.A report on the German computer magazine site Heise suggests that eight new vulnerabilities were reported to Intel recently. Intel gave four of the eight vulnerabilities a severity rating of high and the remaining four a severity rating of medium according to Heise.The exploitability of one of the vulnerabilities appears to be higher than that of previous issues as attackers may abuse the issue to break out of virtual machines to attack the host system or other machines, reports Heise.Companies that provide cloud hosting or cloud services are primary targets for the vulnerability as attackers may exploit it to gain access to data transfers and data.Intel released patches and updates for the majority of processors that it announced would receive updates to protect against the previously disclosed Spectre and Meltdown variants. Some updates are still missing, however, and it is likely that many computer systems are not yet protected against attacks.One reason for that is that Microsoft has not distributed updates through Windows Updates yet. The company released standalone updates for Windows 10 but not for Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, or the recently released Windows 10 version 1803.It appears that Windows 10 version 1809 (the next feature update for Windows 10) might include the updates.Microsoft’s track record of protecting customer devices against potential attacks is not the best. The company did release initial patches in January but retracted them after a short while. While it has released updates for some of its supported operating systems, updates for other versions are still nowhere to be seen.Even worse, the Meltdown updates for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced a new vulnerability on patched systems that the researcher called Total Meltdown.Heise’s report suggests that Intel plans to release patches for Spectre Next Generation vulnerabilities in two batches. The first patches could be released as early as May 2018, the second patches in August 2018.If Intel’s current track record holds, it is likely that the patches will be released at different times for different processor families.Good news is that attacks against user systems using Spectre or Meltdown exploits are not widespread and that this is probably not going to change anytime soon.Update: An Intel spokesperson provide the following statement:Protecting our customers’ data and ensuring the security of our products are critical priorities for us. We routinely work closely with customers, partners, other chipmakers and researchers to understand and mitigate any issues that are identified, and part of this process involves reserving blocks of CVE numbers. We believe strongly in the value of coordinated disclosure and will share additional details on any potential issues as we finalize mitigations. As a best practice, we continue to encourage everyone to keep their systems up-to-date.Closing WordsBe prepared for another round of updates that patch Spectre issues and side-effects such as performance drops. It seems likely that the eight new vulnerabilities are not the last that we will see in the coming years.Now You: How do you deal with Spectre and Meltdown? (via Born)Related articlesFind out if your Windows PC is affected by Meltdown/Spectre vulnerabilitiesLinus Torvalds calls Intel’s Spectre/Meltdown patches utter garbageNew InSpectre release reveals if microcode updates are availableSummaryArticle NameSpectre Next Generation vulnerabilities affect Intel processorsDescriptionIntel is facing another wave of reported security issues in its processors. The vulnerabilities, called Spectre Next Generation or Spectre NG, have not been disclosed publicly yet.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement