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Could Extensions Hurt You?

Browser SyncExtensions that auto-update? Yeah, there could be a threat there and we aren’t sure when a fix is coming.

This is actually a threat that I had considered once or twice before – but it seems like it is getting a little more “conversation” around the Web this time around. For the best description on what this security hole is all about – lets turn to CyberNet News.

So what’s the problem? When using an extension in Firefox it frequently checks to see if there is a more updated version available, and Firefox will notify the user whether they are running the latest version. Normally the user will agree to the update and proceed with their normal browsing activities, but there could be more going on behind the scenes than the user is actually aware of.

Looks like Firefox isn’t looking to fix this yet till version 3 of the browser rolls out. Folks like Google though have promised to fix any issues with their extensions as soon as they can. All we can hope is that others will follow suit.

End of Days for Firefox 1.5

There is a lot of buzz going around about the Mozilla folks saying that Firefox 1.5 will only be maintained with security and stability updates until April 24, 2007.

firefoxlogo.jpgI say this is good news!

Sure, the people holding out on Firefox 2 are going to be given a kick in the pants to upgrade, but having to support several older versions of a program can’t be easy for such a developing and always changing product like a browser. There are great things going on via the Web these days, and your browser is your portal to it. Don’t you want to use the latest and greatest?

Top 5 Firefox Security Extensions

It is time yet again for the weekly top five. Last week I just looked at the most popular posts of the week, but this week I wanted to do something a little more serious. I think we should all look long and hard and see how secure we really are. There are steps you can take to become more secure – and here are a few extensions that can help you do it.

1. NoScript
2. WOT
3. McAfee SiteAdvisor
4. FoxyProxy
5. Fire Encrypter

Have one that I might have missed or overlooked? Leave a comment and share it with the rest of the class.

Password Manager Bug

Well it looks like the good times train has made a stop in bug city! I have no doubt though that the Mozilla folks will get this one squashed as soon as possible. Till then, it is always good to know the facts.

Today, Mozilla made public bug #360493, which exposes Firefox’s Password Manager on many public sites. The flaw derives from Firefox’s willingness to supply the username and password stored on one page on a domain to another page on a domain. For example, username/password input tags on a Myspace user’s site will be unhelpfully propagated with the visitor’s Myspace.com credentials.

+ Read More About the New Bug in Firefox 2′s Password Manager!

Help Using Tor and Privoxy in Firefox

So you want to keep your browsing a little more secret and secure? Then I have the tutorial you need to check out and read for yourself.

Tor(The Onion Router) is a tool set to improve your anonymity online. My main purpose here, is to surf websites that are banned by my ISP, or websites that banned my ISP. Its concept might sound a lot complicated, but getting it to work was just easy on my Debian box.

+ Read More About Using Tor and Privoxy in Firefox!

Mozilla and Microsoft Meet

Mozilla has returned from Microsoft’s headquarters after meeting with the Open Source Director regarding Windows Vista. There were several different things that Mozilla wanted to address especially concerning new security features and restrictions that Microsoft placed in Vista. Here are some of the things that Mozilla had wanted to discuss…

+ Read More About The Meeting at CyberNet News!

Revealing Passwords in Firefox

So you think your passwords are all nice and safe inside your browser? Well, you might want to think again. Here is a way to check out all your passwords without any hacking involved.

Go to the Firefox “Preferences” click on “Privacy” and then on the “Passwords” tab. Click on the button in the bottom left saying “View Saved Passwords”. Then a new window pops up and there is another button, saying “Show Passwords” and another dialog box asking for confirmation. But that’s about it. There you go! All passwords can be seen in blank text!

+ Read More About Revealing Your Passwords in Firefox!

Understanding the Firefox Symantecs

Symantec had some harsh things to say about Firefox, and now the Mozilla team has decided to speak out and put any rumors out there to rest.

The Symantec Internet Security Threat Report came out yesterday. Of all the metrics that they are using, number of vulnerabilities gets top billing. This is possibly because this concept is easiest for people to understand: Count up the number of bugs. Product with the least bugs is declared to be more secure. It is, of course, much more complex than that.

+ Read More About the Firefox/Symantec Security Brawling!