Google addresses IE flaw compromising its Desktop Search

By Justin Mann on December 5, 2005, 6:59 PM
Last week we heard about a vulnerability discovered in IE that could allow sensitive data to be read by a malicious person. Though the root problem lies within IE, the example software was Google Desktop, which Google has fixed. The flaw still exists in IE, but Google Desktop cannot be tinkered with through it.

”Even though Internet Explorer is the root cause of the vulnerability, Google's changing its Desktop Search so that it was no longer remotely accessible though the vulnerability in IE was the responsible thing for Google to do," said Gartner Research vice president Neil MacDonald. "This will protect Google's Desktop Search users until Microsoft addresses the root cause issue."
To those using Google Desktop Search, updating is advised. Hopefully a fix for the flaw itself will come around in the next patch cycle

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