Thursday, 31 January 2008 09:51

Firefox flaw re-rated as high severity

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A Firefox security flaw originally judged to be of low severity has been upgraded to high, but a fix is on its way.

The issue concerns so-called 'flat' add-ons that store their components in multiple files instead of using a single .jar file. A flaw in the way the program handles the chrome protocol means a maliciously crafted web page is able to traverse directories in order to read data from known locations.

Many add-ons use flat packaging, including popular ones such as Greasemonkey and Download Statusbar.

Add-on developers have been asked to repackage their wares as .jar files, but Firefox 2.0.0.12 - "which will be available shortly," according to the Mozilla Security Blog - will include a fix for the problem.



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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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