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News Sneaky Microsoft plug-in puts Firefox users at risk Patches critical bug, exploitable because of add-on silently slipped into Firefox last February By Gregg Keizer October 16, 2009 06:02 AM ET 2 Comments Computerworld - An add-on that Microsoft silently slipped into Mozilla's Firefox last February leaves the 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." The Microsoft engineers described the possible threat as a "browse-and-get-owned" situation that only requires attackers to lure Firefox users to a rigged Web site.
Originally posted by WeAreNothingWithoutGOD
By Gregg Keizer October 16, 2009 06:02 AM
BUT NO MATTER how much add-on, anti-anythings and care you take ALWAYS assume that everything you do online is NOT PRIVATE ANYMORE.