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'Highly critical' flaw found in Opera browser

Security researchers are sounding the alarm for an unpatched, remote code execution flaw in the Opera Web browser.
Written by Ryan Naraine, Contributor

Security researchers are sounding the alarm for an unpatched, remote code execution flaw in the Opera Web browser.

The vulnerability, rated "highly critical" by Secunia, can be exploited by malicious people to take complete control a user's system.

From Secunia's advisory:

The vulnerability is caused due to an error when processing HTTP responses having a malformed "Content-Length" header. This can be exploited to cause a heap-based buffer overflow via an overly large 64-bit "Content-Length" value, having the higher 32-bit part negative.

The vulnerability is confirmed in version 10.50 for Windows. Other versions may also be affected.

In the absence of a patch, Opera users are urged to avoid browsing to untrusted Web sites or switch to an alternative browser.

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