Flaws discovered in IE, Firefox could lead to data compromise

By Justin Mann on February 12, 2007, 8:36 PM
In a fairly rare event, two flaws have been simultaneously discovered that affect the two most popular browsers in the world in similar fashions. Internet Explorer version 6 and possibly 7 is affected by one flaw, and Firefox 1.5/2.0 is affected by another. Both of the vulnerabilities are based in the browsers ability to upload files to a remote location and could end up resulting in sensitive data being stolen. It is a long shot, though, requiring someone to visit a malicious site and can't it can't just pull arbitrary files out of anywhere. It can, however, be used to steal encrypted password files or other well-known files.

There are two demonstrations linked, one for IE and one for Firefox, that shows how the vulnerability works. Now it will be interesting to see who gets a patch out the door first, Microsoft or Mozilla.




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nathanskywalker said:
[quote]The vulnerability resides in the functionality that allows the browsers to upload files to a remote server. It requires a victim to visit a booby-trapped website and enter text with certain characters in a comment interface or other input field.[/quote]So, it's not a widespread problem, yet. That's nice..[quote]steal encrypted password files[/quote]The answer to this is simple: Don't keep you passwords on your pc ;). Of course, if you can't remember 20 different passwords, password storage can make things far less...difficult.
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