Security Bites 110: Breaking Google Gadgets

This week's podcast guests are Robert Hansen and Tom Stracener, who plan to disclose a zero-day vulnerability in Google Gadgets at Black Hat next week.

From gadgets that slide-show pictures of vacations past to calendars that show events in the future, Google Gadgets look cool. But they also have the potential to contain vulnerabilities like anything else within Web 2.0.

By design, Google Gadgets allow scripted code to be uploaded by the end user, creating interesting new attack vectors for those with malicious intent.

CNET's Robert Vamosi talked with Robert Hansen (aka Rsnake), chief executive of SecTheory, and Tom Stracener (aka Strace) of Cenzic. Both will be presenting a talk called "Xploiting Google Gadgets: Gmalware and Beyond" at the annual Black Hat conference in Las Vegas next week.

During the talk, they plan to disclose a zero-day vulnerability in Google Gadgets that will make Gmalware (Gmodules-based malware) a significant threat.

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    As CNET's former resident security expert, Robert Vamosi has been interviewed on the BBC, CNN, MSNBC, and other outlets to share his knowledge about the latest online threats and to offer advice on personal and corporate security.


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