Kodi 17.3 released – with critical security exploit fixed.

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May 22, 2017

Update from Kodi: Due to packaging issue after release some add-ons like PVR, visualisation and Inputstream are missing. Also on Ubuntu 14.04 an issue came to light. We will release v17.3 as soon as we can to solve this problem.

May 25, 2017

Sorry for this quick bump to v17.3 however we deemed it necessary. In the previous v17.2 we had a slight issue due to packaging certain binary add-ons like PVR, visualisation and Inputstream. Sadly we only uncovered this too late after release. Additionally on the older distros like Ubuntu 14.04 in combination with the available GCC 4.8 compiler an issue surfaced which we had to fix as well. This v17.3 release fixed both these issues and should be completely working again including the missing add-ons.

Fixes done in this release:

  • Fixed missing binary add-ons on release time
  • Fixed crash on older distros like Ubuntu 14.04 with GCC 4.8 compiler

From previous v17.2 release:

  • Fix selection after channelgroup switching in PVR guide window
  • Fix handling of gaps that caused eradic behaviour in EPG grid
  • Allow backing out of fullscreen pictures by mapping longpress guesture
  • Quick fix for wake up command not being called in PVR power management
  • Use alternative method to check if platform updates have been installed on Windows
  • Set the minimum version in the code which is currently OSX 10.8
  • Fix possible security flaw which could abused .zip files which try to traverse to a parent directory
  • Use the correct ttc font from the video file for subtitles on Windows
  • Detect and delete zero-byte database files which causes crashes

Security

You may have read in the news that malicious subtitle zip files could potentionally infect and harm your media player including Kodi. When Check Point researchers uncovered this flaw they contacted us up front to let us know about this flaw. Our developers fixed this secuity gap and have added the fix to this v17.2 release. As such we highly encourage all users to install this latest version! Any previous Kodi version will not get any security patch. We have began the roll out of this version and Android Play Store as well as Windows Store have this update pending and will roll out as soon as possible. Please be patient if you are using these store versions. Our official download page of course has the regular install files available for the supported platforms.

To be clear this possible vunrability is only present when you first enable a subtitle dowload add-on and then actually download zipped subtitles. Any subtitles that you already have as text file, are embedded in the video stream or are included with you DVD or Blurays are safe.

Only get static noise on Android?

if you have a Android device that only outputs static noise during playback we’d urge you to contact the manufacturer of your device. Recently we saw that Samsung released their Android 7.0 Nougat update for certain phone range that basically has broken audio support. This is something we as Team Kodi are not going to fix as it’s caused by a bug in their firmware. Only option you have is either stay at Kodi v16 or start contacting your device manufacturer and urge them to fix this issue.

Where can I download Kodi?

As alway you can find the official builds on our download page. Then click on the platform of choice and choose release build. You can install these build just on top of your current Kodi installation without doing a reinstall or cleanup as we do a full migration if needed. All you add-ons or installed skin will keep working.

Twin Peaks (2017) – The Hype is coming (to an end?)

Attention people, perhaps the best thing ever is coming to your tv tomorrow! I’m just kidding. Following the hype around Twin Peaks is interesting.

Starting with a confession, I’ve never seen an episode of Twin Peaks. I vaguely remember it being shown on tv somewhere in the 90’s. It was positive received back then and people still wrote very positive reviews in the mid ’00s.

If I’m not mistaken the series will premier today on the Showtime network. IMDB rating before the show has aired on public tv is: 9,9/10 (395 votes), popularity is sky-high, media attention is high.

Or this is the best show ever and critics and film industry people thought it was perfect or this is getting blown up in a way I’ve not seen many times before.

Continue reading Twin Peaks (2017) – The Hype is coming (to an end?)

Netflix ISP Speed Index – Nederland

ISP (Internet Speed Index) for Prime Time Netflix performance  – March 2017

RANK ISP SPEED Mbps PREVIOUS Mbps RANK CHANGE TYPE

1 Ziggo 4.21 4.20 No change

Cable

2 Ziggo (former UPC) 4.20 4.19 +1
Cable
3 Caiway 4.19 4.19 -1
Fiber

Cable

4 ZeelandNet 4.17 4.17 No change

Cable

5 T-Mobile Thuis 4.02 4.04 No change

Fiber

6 KPN 3.99 3.99 No change
Fiber

DSL

7 Xs4all 3.88 3.88 No change
Fiber

DSL

8 Tele2 3.63 3.60 No change
Fiber

DSL

9 Online 3.55 3.52 No change
Fiber

DSL

  • Since december Netflix bandwidth has gone up and seems to stay this way.
  • UPC users should be really happy with the merged with Ziggo in 2016.
  • KPN seems to do a little traffic shaping.
  • Xs4All surprised me, they are known to be the goto ones but clearly lack behind. On their website they are saying that Netflix will go over the open internet and quality will depend on the available bandwidth. I don’t think so…
  • The Ziggo average speed is the 3rd fastest in the world.

Leathal Weapon – Season 2 confirmed

Lethal Weapon

With an 18 episodes season 1 almost over Fox has announced that it will renew buddy cop remake “Lethal Weapon” starring Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford for a second season.

Season 2 will have 22 episodes. Ratings have slightly increases since I covered a previous post about the show.

IMDB rating 7.9/10 

AUDIENCE SCORE 90%

 

Also see: Lethal Weapon – A succesfull TV reboot