Password flaw hits Firefox and Safari

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Password flaw hits Firefox and Safari

The latest versions of Firefox and Safari contain a password management security flaw that could allow certain websites to access stored usernames and passwords.

A message on the Full Disclosure mailing list warned that users who have either browser configured to remember passwords, and have JavaScript enabled, are at risk.

Mozilla fixed a similar reverse cross-site scripting flaw in Firefox last November, but this was a lot more serious as it did not require JavaScript to be enabled.

Heise Security has a demonstration of the vulnerability on its website to allow users to determine whether they are vulnerable to the attack. 

However, some developers and commentators have questioned whether this constitutes a vulnerability in the browser, as it requires the attacker to place malicious code on the web server.

If an attacker can place script code on a server, they would be able to manipulate the pages anyway, and would have other ways to steal user access data.

Until a fix is released, users are urged to disable JavaScript in their browser or avoid the use of the password manager on sites where users are allowed to post JavaScript pages.



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