Oh goody, another security hole
Subject: General Tech | July 26, 2007 - 08:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This one comes to FireFox users in much the same way as the vulnerability that was patched last week, through the way Uniform Resource Identifiers are handled. Last week's flaw involved URI's passed from IE, this week it has to do with the way FireFox, Netscape 9 and Mozilla handle them directly. A patch is currently in the works, which you can read about on The Register. This type of vulnerability will keep appearing when new URI's are added, which is going to keep happening with the growth of it's two subsets, Uniform Resource Librarys and Uniform Resource Names.
"Security researchers have disclosed a zero-day vulnerability in the latest version of Firefox that gives miscreants
complete control of Windows-based computers when the Mozilla browser visits a booby-trapped website.
The vulnerability resides in the way Firefox handles uniform resource identifiers, the protocols that allow the
browser to access software and other resources located on a PC. The browser fails to properly vet at least five
different URIs, a flaw that could allow an attacker to install malware on a PC simply by convincing a victim to click
on a doctored link."
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