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Googles Fixes Desktop Security Hole

According to a report posted to the Bugtraq Security Focus list, Google’s new Desktop Search tool did not prevent a hacker from inserting JavaScript into the Web address of its page image, or logo.

That vulnerability could allow any rogue third party to change the appearance of Google’s Web page to ask for personal data such as credit card numbers from its visitors, (what’s known as a phishing scam). The flaw primarily had affected people using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Web browser.

Google says it has now fixed the problem.

“Google was recently alerted to a potential security vulnerability affecting users of our Web site,” a company representative said. “We have since fixed this vulnerability, and all current and future Google.com users are protected.”

The warning came shortly after Google released it — a tool to search the files on a PC alongside Web pages. Security experts have scrutinized the technology, with some interesting finds. Last week, security consultant Richard Smith found clues that could point to a coming instant chat client from the search giant.

Blog Bloke says prudence is always the best policy so if you have a firewall, denying it access to the internet is recommended.

Written November 4th, 2004 by | 137 Comments | Filed under: Miscellaneous Blog Tips

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