Telex: Critical flaw on F5 Big IP, the insurtech Alan raises 183 M€, Google bites microLED Raxium

– Critical flaw on F5 Big IP. The network equipment manufacturer F5 has alerted to the existence of a critical flaw whose CVSS score is particularly high: 9.8. Listed as CVE-2022-1388 this vulnerability resides in the REST interface for the iControl framework which is used to communicate between F5 terminals and users. The exploit opens the way to the execution of arbitrary commands, but also the creation or deletion of files as well as the deactivation of servers. Patches are pushed to the following versions of Big IP: 17.0.0, 16.1.2.2, 15.1.5.1, 14.1.4.6, and 13.1.5. Note that versions 12.x and 11.x will not be corrected but mitigation measures are possible as indicated by the security alert of F5.

– Insurtech Alan raises €183 million. Specialized in health insurance created in 2015, the start-up Alan carried out a fundraising (Series E) led by Teacher’s Venture Growth and in which Temasek, Index, Coatue, Ribbit Capital, Exor, Dragoneer and Lakestar participated. The valuation of the young shoot is now estimated at nearly $2.7 billion. By 2025, Alan hopes to grow from 450 to 1,000 employees, break even and reach the milestone of 3 million people insured against around 255,000 at the end of 2021.

– Google crunches microLED Raxium. In the pipeline for a few months, the takeover of the specialist in microLED display technology Raxium definitely falls into the hands of Google. Developed over 5 years, it should be integrated into future products from the Mountain View company to “improve people’s daily lives”, as the group indicated in a blog post. The start-up team, based in Fremont, California, will join that of Google and in particular its Devices & Services entity.

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