After it was revealed that almost every browser in the world except one--Internet Explorer
-- has a dangerous "spoofing" flaw, Mozilla has
released an update, Firefox 1.0.1. The new version will use "punycode" instead of Unicode for International Domain Names, thus making it easier to
see spoofing scams. Mozilla says that this fix is insufficient for the long term, but it is hoped that a better fix will follow.
The Mozilla Foundation has released the latest version of its popular Firefox browser, along with a series of patches intended to prevent spoofing
and phishing attacks that have caused the browser to crash.
Firefox 1.0.1, addresses numerous security vulnerabilities and approximately 40 other browser fixes, according to the not-for-profit software
The primary glitch, which the updated browser fixed, was a vulnerability found in the Internalized Domain Names (IDN) protocol, which allows the use
of certain international characters that look like other commonly used characters.
The IDN vulnerability allows hackers to spoof Web sites through phishing attacks.
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I use MSN9 Premium, which is a shell for IE, because the interface is easy to use, familiar to me, and it works well with my programmable Logitech
MX1000 Laser mouse. I have messed around with Firefox, but it really doesn't seem to be easier than MSN9 and I can't figure out how to change the
home page to ATS or get it to work with as efficiently with my mouse. And, I am just learning, it doesn't work my IESpelling program
have to post this submission and check the spelling afterward with IE.
I think this proves one thing, though. Whatever the malicious among us turn their collective attention to, it becomes vulnerable, especially on the
internet. Wherever there are those who would try to accomplish some good in this world, there are those who can think of nothing better than to
disrupt and exploit. The internet is the world in microcosm, replete with the timeless and universal battles between good and evil and any sense of
safety is either purely false or, at best, short lived.
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[edit on 05/2/26 by GradyPhilpott]