Navigator users who installed Netscape Communications' latest update to fix a privacy bug may find themselves doing the exact same thing in the next few weeks.
The firm today acknowledged the existence of a privacy bug in its Navigator browser that could reveal users' cache, cookies, and file directory information to a malicious Web site operator.
It is the second such privacy hole that has surfaced in as many weeks for Navigator; a similar bug that exposed the user's cache file surfaced late last month. Both were discovered by programmer Dan Brumleve.
Netscape moved quickly to turn around a software fix for Brumleve's last privacy bug, posting an updated version of Communicator (the Internet software suite of which Navigator is the browsing component) just over a week after learning of the problem. The new bug affects the latest version of Communicator, 4.07.
In addition to posting a fix or an update in the next two weeks, Netscape also will address the problem in the upcoming release of Communicator 4.5, which is currently in its second beta phase. Also included in the 4.5 release will be a fix for a serious Java security hole discovered in July.