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With this month’s security update, Google did roll out a "supplemental" firmware fix for Dirty COW across Nexus and Pixel devices. Plus, Samsung released a patch for its devices this month, according to Threatpost. An official Android patch for the Dirty COW issue is expected to land in December.

Oester, the researcher who discovered the flaw, told V3 that it’s "trivial to execute, never fails and has probably been around for years." Dirty COW is sophisticated, and Oester said he was only able to catch it because he had been "capturing all inbound HTTP traffic and was able to extract the exploit and test it out in a sandbox."

"I would recommend this extra security measure to all admins," Oester said.

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The feature was announced today at TechCrunch Disrupt by Facebook’s Messenger chief David Marcus, who noted that the payments system will support most credit cards and payment services including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Stripe, PayPal and Braintree. From the consumer side, users will see "Buy Now" links popping up in relevant chats. Tapping the link will bring up a quick payment confirmation tab that automatically defaults to whichever credit card a user has tied to their Facebook or Messenger account. The feature is currently available for certain developers as a closed beta, but businesses and devs can still apply to be included in the test run before it rolls out to all developers.

In addition to the speedy new payment system, the latest version of the Messenger Platform also allows developers to pull in additional UI elements like quick responses, shipping notifications or flight updates, as well as the ability to make Newsfeed ads point directly to Messenger chats. Finally, there are some new share features that allow users to forward individual chat messages or invite friends to start their own thread with a particular bot.

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Android Pay is about to work in many, many more places. As promised, Google is bringing Android Pay to the web. If you use Chrome to shop at online stores like 1-800-Flowers and Groupon, you can soon rely on Android’s official mobile payment system to check out faster and more securely than usual (it doesn’t share account info with stores, for one thing). Also, you may want to get in the habit of using Android Pay if you’re fond of ridesharing. It’s the first mobile wallet to tie into Uber’s Payment Rewards program, giving you discounts when you use Android Pay. Uber is marking the occasion with a US promo that gives travelers half of 10 of their rides when they use Android Pay with the service.

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