Category: Security

Opera Denies SVG Patch Accusations

By | October 20, 2011 | 13 Comments

Opera Denies SVG Patch AccusationsWith the release of Opera 11.52, Norwegian browser maker has fixed a security vulnerability, which enabled hackers to execute the arbitrary code through the SVG font manipulation.

There is one issue though, José A. Vázquez, security researcher from Spain has made this exploit public 10 days ago, putting Opera users at risk.
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Mozilla Responds To Microsoft’s Claims

By | October 18, 2011 | 12 Comments

Mozilla Responds To Microsoft's Claims

Recently, Microsoft has created a new web site, designed to highlight the advantages of the Internet Explorer web browser. As it turns out, Mozilla did not like the idea of such page at all and has responded to the software giant claims.
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Amazon’s Silk Criticized By US Congress

By | October 17, 2011 | 5 Comments

Amazon's Silk Criticized By US CongressJoe Barton, a Texas Republican, voiced his discontent about the browser at a public hearing this week, while Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, urged Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos for more clarity regarding the data collected from Silk users. The reason for the outrage had to do with how everything a user did in Silk, Amazon would know about. This isn’t the first time that Silk has caused privacy concerns to arise either.

Markey went into a bit more detail in a letter addressed to Amazon, stating that Silk is the only browser available for Silk and that Amazon could essentially keep track of each and every click its customers make. This includes knowing where people shop, what products they buy, when they buy them, and how much they pay.
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Mozilla To Prompt Firefox 3.6 Users To Upgrade

By | October 10, 2011 | 5 Comments

Mozilla To Prompt Firefox 3.6 Users To UpgradeMozilla said it will begin to send Firefox 3.6 users an offer that urges them to get on the rapid release train.

It would be the first time it has offered what it calls an “advertised update” or a “major update” to people still running 2010′s Firefox 3.6.

According to Mozilla, the offer does not hint at an impending retirement of the older version.
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Is This Opera Mini? No, Chuck Testa

By | October 6, 2011 | 6 Comments

Is This Opera Mini? No, Chuck TestaAccording to the latest TrendMicro report, malware creators have found a new toy to play with: Opera Mini.

A Russian web site that loads for mobile users only and looks similar to the Opera.com home page now offers a piece of malware, disguised as OperaMini.jar

Upon visit, a user is notified about the new update that should be downloaded, which, when installed, will start sending text messages to premium numbers.
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Mozilla Urges Users To Disable McAfee Plugin

By | October 5, 2011 | 10 Comments

Firefox Urges Users To Disable McAfee PluginScriptScan ships with McAfee’s VirusScan antivirus program. It’s designed to keep Web surfers safe by scanning for any malicious scripting code that might be running in the browser. According to Mozilla, however, it has an unintended side effect: It can cause Firefox to crash…a lot.

Mozilla said that the extension “causes a high volume of crashes,” and is “strongly encouraging” users to disable the software. The warning applies to all users of version 14.4.0 and below of the plugin.
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Silent Updates Coming To Firefox After All

By | October 4, 2011 | 4 Comments

Silent Updates Coming To Firefox After AllA year after it pulled the plug on silent updates in Firefox 4, Mozilla said it will debut most of the behind-the-scenes feature by early next year. Assuming Mozilla pulls off silent upgrading this time around, it would make Firefox only the second browser to take that route. Google’s Chrome has been the poster boy for automatic updates that remove the user from the equation and can’t be switched off.
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Google Updates Chrome After Microsoft Blunder

By | October 4, 2011 | 2 Comments

Google Updates Chrome After Microsoft BlunderRemember how Microsoft Security Essentials “mistakenly” classified Google Chrome as malware? Well, Google released new versions of Chrome for both the “stable” and “beta” channels to fix the Microsoft mess.

Although Microsoft released an antivirus definition file within hours of the Friday fiasco, scores of Chrome users reported that they were unable to reinstall the browser or that if they had, they had lost their browser bookmarks.
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Weekly Browsers Recap, October 3rd

By | October 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, October 3rd

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Google Chrome Is Malware, According To Microsoft

By | October 3, 2011 | 4 Comments

Chrome Receives Bad Malware Signature From MicrosoftChrome users began reporting the specious detection of the browser early Friday in a quickly growing thread on a Google support forum.

Numerous users complained in Google Forums about the warnings they received in Microsoft Security Essentials, a free, consumer grade anti virus software from Microsoft. According to various reports, WSE identified a problem with Google Chrome web browser and has tagged it as: PWS:Win32/Zbot.

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