Unsafe with any browser

Unsafe with any browser

Summary: Some enterprising spyware distributors have managed to make browsing with Firefox, Mozilla, and Netscape dangerous. They've engineered a Java applet that initiates spyware downloads when you browse a site with the aforementioned browsers.

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Some enterprising spyware distributors have managed to make browsing with Firefox, Mozilla, and Netscape dangerous. They've engineered a Java applet that initiates spyware downloads when you browse a site with the aforementioned browsers. Vitalsecurity.org has the article describing the exploit in detail. The spyware that gets downloaded is your standard garbage. It will use Internet Explorer (IE) to deliver its pop-ups, which can be particularly annoying if you had shelved IE long ago in favor of Mozilla-type browsers. Also, you need to have the Sun Java runtime installed and active for the exploit to work, and you also need to click OK in a dialog box to begin downloading the spyware. Most people that have made the switch to Firefox are smart enough not to click Web-generated dialog boxes.

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  • *Any* Browser?

    What happens if I follow the described steps (foolish, I agree) with Konqueror?
    Yagotta B. Kidding
    • Konquerer?

      Yer not one of them there "Linucks" users, are you? I do wish that the article had clarified the way that IE is used. Is it simply an popup delivery mechanism, or is it an integral part of the exploit? If any part of this-- payload or exploit-- is entirely depedent on IE, then you're OK. Unless you have the mythical and much-desired IE for Linux, that is.
      Martin Marvinski
      • Mythical?

        You mean IE for OS/X don't you? I have yet to hear of a vulnerability in that software. I doubt M$ will compile an x86 version of that one . . .
        Roger Ramjet
  • unsafe if you have IE

    No MS, no Windows, no IE, no problem.
    jstead1
  • unsafe if.....

    your stupid enough to get spyware period, regardless of browser. You can remove the IE from the Stupid lUser, but you can't remove the Stupid from the lUser, and the spyware marches on!

    - Sam

    netscape 8, just a beta but sooooo much potential.
    JoeMama_z
    • Netscape 8???

      Did you read the EULA? I was going to install it, just for kicks, but while reading the license and realizing that there are about 600 different ways that this browser phones home, I gladly cilcked 'cancel' and went back to FF.
      Real World
      • 600?

        well not that many. the only call home stuff i saw was for errors, and usage. Not really spyware spying but more quality feedback.
        JoeMama_z
      • Eula issues

        I think the courts should impose hard penalties to 'tricksters' when they are caught. Thank you for that info.
        It comes down to a simple thing/solution as much as that is , in itself ,a royal pain in the ass.
        One has to read every agreement, everyword, every 'between the fine print' crap that they use to get us victimized.
        Sometimes I wish they'd let me impose the justice they deserve, just i case they also manage to skip their Karma. :-)

        Stillmind
        stillmind7