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HTPC News Roundup 2017 Wk 21: ExtraTorrent comes back, subtitle vulnerabilities, best torrenting sites 2017

written by Moe Long May 26, 2017

Welcome to the htpcBeginner HTPC News Roundup, May 26, 2017 edition! This week saw popular torrent website ExtraTorrent.cc go offline and resurface, Kodi vulnerabilities come to light, and the best torrenting websites 2017. Read on for the latest in HTPC news and updates!

htpcBeginner Recap

In case you missed them, here is a recap of all our interesting articles published last week:

HTPC News Around the Web

Subtitle hack: 200 million devices are vulnerable, download fix for VLC, Kodi, etc.

Hacking is an ever-present threat. An incredibly simple albeit treacherous vulnerability affects the likes of VLC, Stremio, Kodi, and Popcorn Time. As Fossbytes reports, this cyber attack allows hackers remote access to compromised devices. Then, remote code can be executed to glean sensitive data, or even use the afflicted device for a DDoS attack. Look for upcoming updates to patch this nasty vulnerability, and update as soon as possible.

OSMC security update for OSMC 2017.04-1 and earlier

Security is a major concern with the likes of the Wanna Cry ransomware attack penetrating unsuspecting users. This week a vulnerability involving subtitle downloads emerged that affects the likes of Kodi. Contributing to its threat level, there are Kodi-based operating systems like OSMC. In a May 25, 2017 blog post, OSMC announced that it has patched the vulnerability for supported platforms. Users can apply the patch through a simple update. This is available ahead of the regular monthly OSMC update. [Read: OpenELEC vs OSMC for Raspberry Pi 2 media center]

Kodi: Facebook cracks down on controversial service

While Kodi is a completely legal service, the crackdown on illegal Kodi boxes continues. It's third-party addons that allow access to copy-protected material which come pre-loaded on certain Kodi boxes, branded "cracked" or "fully-loaded" that have caused controversy and foster potential copyright infringement. Facebook updated its Commerce Policy which reportedly aims at these fully-loaded Kodi boxes without naming them specifically. Coupled with the closing of long-time Kodi addon Navi-x, the landscape of this open-source software continues to evolve. [Read: 10 Best legal Kodi streaming boxes - Best Kodi box 2017]

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The new face of Emby on Roku is live

Awesome open-source media server software Emby is available on loads of devices. Most recently, Emby debuted a new Roku device user interface (UI). The fresh look features a smart home screen, simple library view, and increased detail when viewing media such as a film, show, or album. Emby can be set up with a Raspberry Pi 3 and Odroid 2 as a Plex and Kodi alternative. [Read: Plex vs Emby: A comprehensive comparison]

Android TV to get a major overhaul at just the right time

Then Android TV OS comes installed on a bevy of devices including the Nvidia Shield TV. Differing from its mobile counterpart, Android TV launched in 2014 and has since evolved greatly. Still, other platforms like Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV further honed UI and UX. There's a planned overhaul for Android TV. Among the new features, Google plans to grace Android TV apps with their own channels. So rather than rows with apps and recommendations crammed in, each app gets its own separate row with listings and suggestions. [Read: 20 Best streaming apps for Nvidia Shield TV 2017: Movies, music, & more]

Did you find any interesting news stories or projects from around the HTPC space? Share them with us in the comments section below!

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