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    Internet Browsers

    I read something about firefox, I remember having a browser thread but I couldn't find it. So I decided to create this general one.

    Here is the link and the news:


    http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/120756

    Critical Flaw Found in Firefox
    Matthew Broersma, Techworld.com
    Mon May 9,11:00 AM ET


    Firefox has unpatched "extremely critical" security holes and exploit code is already circulating on the Net, security researchers have warned.

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    The two unpatched flaws in the Mozilla browser could allow an attacker to take control of your system.

    A patch is expected shortly, but in the meantime users can protect themselves by switching off JavaScript. In addition, the Mozilla Foundation has now made the flaws effectively impossible to exploit by changes to the server-side download mechanism on the update.mozilla.org and addons.mozilla.org sites, according to security experts.

    The flaws were confidentially reported to the Foundation on May 2, but by Saturday details had been leaked and were reported by several security organizations, including the French Security Incident Response Team (FrSIRT). Danish security firm Secunia marked the exploit as "extremely critical", its most serious rating, the first time it has given a Firefox flaw this rating.

    In recent months Firefox has gained significant market share from Microsoft's Internet Explorer, partly because it is considered less vulnerable to attacks. However, industry observers have long warned that the browser is more secure partly because of its relatively small user base. As Firefox's profile grows, attackers will increasingly target the browser.

    Two Vulnerabilities Found
    The exploit, discovered by Paul of Greyhats Security Group and Michael "mikx" Krax, makes use of two separate vulnerabilities. An attacker could create a malicious page using frames and a JavaScript history flaw to make software installations appear to be coming from a "trusted" site. By default, Firefox allows software installations from update.mozilla.org and addons.mozilla.org, but users can add their own sites to this whitelist.

    The second part of the exploit triggers software installation using an input verification bug in the "IconURL" parameter in the install mechanism. The effect is that a user could click on an icon and trigger the execution of malicious JavaScript code. Because the code is executed from the browser's user interface, it has the same privileges as the user running Firefox, according to researchers.

    Mozilla Foundation said it has protected most users from the exploit by altering the software installation mechanism on its two whitelisted sites. However, users may be vulnerable if they have added other sites to the whitelist, it warned.

    "We believe this means that users who have not added any additional sites to their software installation whitelist are no longer at risk," Mozilla Foundation said in a statement published on Mozillazine.org.

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    I use Firefox, but not as much as IE. I find a bit slower for me, but it has less crashes. I am just waiting for this patch file to come, but not sure when it's coming.

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    I use Firefox and Netscape 7.2
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    I found out I had the earlier version 1.0, I went and I downloaded 1.7 now.

    Here they talk about this problem:
    http://www.mozilla.org/security/#Security_Alerts

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    I've been using Firefox for half a year now and i absolutely love it. I've been bugging Jimmy to use it too, but he refuses.

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    Ive been using Maxthon (formerly known as MyIE2) and Ive never encountered any real problem with it!
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    I use Firefox. I wouldn't use IE to even get a firefox.

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    I use Avant Browser. For people who open a lot of windows, there surely is no better browser than it!


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    I use Firefox too. It's great. Just hope the new patch comes out soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Handoyo
    I use Avant Browser. For people who open a lot of windows, there surely is no better browser than it!
    Is it free or do you have to pay for it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamed
    Is it free or do you have to pay for it?
    US$10 per day.

    Nothing for me, really.







    Nay. Of course it's free.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Handoyo
    I use Avant Browser. For people who open a lot of windows, there surely is no better browser than it!


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    Firefox is better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Handoyo
    I use Avant Browser. For people who open a lot of windows, there surely is no better browser than it!


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    Firefox does the same thing btw.

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    Only one window in your Windows taskbar? Middle/scroll click enable you to open a new window behind your current one? If yes, and if you could tell me what advantages Firefox has over Avant, I'm converting.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Handoyo
    Only one window in your Windows taskbar? Middle/scroll click enable you to open a new window behind your current one? If yes, and if you could tell me what advantages Firefox has over Avant, I'm converting.


    Handyo
    Yes, only one window on your taskbar for multiple tabs.

    To open a new tab, you just press CTRL+T.

    And, Firefox is more stable than IE based browsers such as Avant. The reason why people use Firefox over IE is because it's proven to be less prone to attacks.

    http://www.getfirefox.com

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    Is it possible to open this link in a new window behind the one that I am currently browsing with just a click?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Handoyo
    Is it possible to open this link in a new window behind the one that I am currently browsing with just a click?


    Handyo
    Yes, the middle mouse button will do that.

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    Wonderful!

    I'll try that once I get my new computer...Hopefully.

    Speaking of which, can you 'DIY' me a computer bro?


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    Firefox is the best. I've tried both Avant and IE, but neither work as quick, or seem to be as effecting at blocking attacks as FF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Handoyo
    Wonderful!

    I'll try that once I get my new computer...Hopefully.

    Speaking of which, can you 'DIY' me a computer bro?


    Handyo
    Sure, when are you getting a new PC? Are you looking at getting just a tower and the other components seperately?

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