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Old 04-09-2005, 01:18 PM   #1
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Default Mozilla (etc.) memory flaw

Mozilla browsers (Mozilla, Firefox, Camino, Netscape) supposedly have a vulnerability that exposes chunks of memory from your system to malicious web sites.

The only place that seems to be talking this up is the Secunia web site, which allows you to test your browser to see if it has this vulnerability.

I took the Secunia test with Firefox and sure enough, stuff I recognized from my Mac was presented in a window on the site. It included my font list, items from my Firefox Preferences, and the name of this particular “skin” for our forum. In fact, this last click showed the content of this message.

There was a short article on C|NET on Wednesday, with links to other stories on the problem. I have no idea if it is a practical problem or a potential one. There has been no announcement on the Mozilla/Firefox web site, fwiw.

I asked about this on the Mozilla/Netscape forum on CIS. Maybe they will know whether it is anything to worry about.

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