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Google Toolbar Flaw Opens Door for Phishers


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Google is working to fix a bug in the Google Toolbar that could allow criminals to steal data or install malicious software on a system, a security researcher warned Tuesday.

The flaw lies in the mechanism Google Toolbar uses to add new buttons on the browser. Because the toolbar does not perform adequate checks when new buttons are being installed, a hacker could make his button appear as though it was being downloaded from a legitimate site when in fact it came from somewhere else. By spoofing the origin of the toolbar button, an attacker could download malicious files or launch a phishing attack against the victim, wrote security researcher Aviv Raff in a blog post on the issue.


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One reason why I hate tool bars.

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Don't see any need for it. FF has the Google Search Line built in, plus a spell checker and a RSS reader. What else do you need that's not there?
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Agree. Now if we can just get a law passed to make every one use Firefox. :)

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Kinda related:

US Court of Appeals Hands Google a Patent Setback -
Google's browser toolbar faces patent infringement charges in court,
after an appeals overturned part of a lower court decision.


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I enjoy google earth but the stupid tool bar comes in the package. I uninstalled it because the IE tool bar is all I need. However the majority of home users do not know to do this and get stuck because they want to use the program that it came bundled with.
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*Fredil Yupigo recommends Firefox :)
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