Friday, October 16, 2009

Microsoft Hacks Firefox Users

"An add-on that Microsoft silently slipped into Mozilla's Firefox last February leaves that browser open to attack, Microsoft's security engineers acknowledged earlier this week.

"One of the 13 security bulletins Microsoft released Tuesday affects not only Internet Explorer (IE), but also Firefox, thanks to a Microsoft-made plug-in pushed to Firefox users eight months ago in an update delivered via Windows Update.

"`While the vulnerability is in an IE component, there is an attack vector for Firefox users as well,` admitted Microsoft engineers in a post to the company's Security Research & Defense blog on Tuesday. `The reason is that .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 installs a 'Windows Presentation Foundation' plug-in in Firefox.`

"What was particularly galling to users was that once installed, the .NET add-on was virtually impossible to remove from Firefox..."

More at Computerworld...

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