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News - December 9, 2004

by Brent Welch / December 8, 2004 7:37 PM PST

Pop-up Loophole Opens Browsers to Phishing Attacks

Security firm Secunia has warned that most Web browsers are vulnerable to a simple "phishing" technique that could make fraudulent content appear genuine. The Copenhagen, Denmark, company on Wednesday published five advisories on the issue, covering fully patched, standard versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Konqueror and Safari. Secunia also published a demonstration allowing users to test their browsers. The test appeared to work on both Windows and Mac OS X platforms.

The problem is in the way browsers handle pop-up windows, which are used by many trusted sites such as banks. Because browsers aren't designed to check whether another site is allowed to change the content of a pop-up window, a malicious site can insert its own content into any pop-up window, as long as the target name of the window is known, Secunia said.

Test your browser: http://secunia.com/multiple_browsers_window_injection_vulnerability_test/

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Re: News - December 9, 2004
by glenn30 / December 8, 2004 11:05 PM PST

Brent, this is a little unsettling. I ran the test which returned a positive response indicating I am vunerable. In the absence of a fix I assume the exposure comes when a pfishing attempt is made and I respond to the request.

Am I thinking correctly as you read the article? If so the moral of the story is to never respond to requests for information of this type from anyone via the Internet. Already this is my practice. Sad, sad!! Sad


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Re: News - December 9, 2004
by roddy32 / December 8, 2004 11:31 PM PST

I ran this test yesterday too when I first found out about this vulnerablity and also flunked. I think that most browsers will flunk it. I guess the lesson is to never click on something like that on ANY website unless you know for sure it is OK. I have always done that anyway.

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Re: News - December 9, 2004
by Donna Buenaventura / December 8, 2004 11:39 PM PST

Hopefully the vendors will fix this issue ASAP.

With or without pop-blockers, a sites' popup window can be "taken over" by another site Sad

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Re: News - December 9, 2004
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 9, 2004 5:31 AM PST

Very unsettling!

Now that the flaw is out in the open, I expect it to be exploited within a few days.


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Young men are warned about laptop risk
by roddy32 / December 9, 2004 1:50 AM PST

This is not exactly a security news article, as such but it is interesting. I've heard rumors of this before but SUPPOSEDLY this is reputable because Reuters and MSNBC are reporting it.

Heat could damage fertility, researcher says

Updated: 12:34 p.m. ET Dec. 9, 2004

LONDON - Teenagers and young men should keep their laptops off their laps because they could damage fertility, an expert said on Thursday.
Laptops, which reach high internal operating temperatures, can heat up the scrotum which could affect the quality and quantity of men?s sperm.

The rest of the article is on MSNBC News here


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