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Web browsers remain vulnerable to user mistakes
This article is part of the April 2009 issue of Information Security magazine
Many security vendors have sung the same tune over the last couple of years: the browser is not only vulnerable, it's the front line of most cyberattacks. That message couldn't have been any clearer at this year's CanSecWest conference. Two researchers easily exploited zero-day flaws earning themselves thousands of dollars in prize money during a contest sponsored by TippingPoint's Zero-Day Initiative. It took the two young white-hat hackers only a few hours to uncover four critical vulnerabilities and break into systems running Apple Safari, Microsoft's newly released Internet Explorer 8 and Mozilla Firefox. "It's a game of cat-and-mouse and it's going to continue to be a game of cat-and-mouse no matter how many security features are put in," says John Strand, a senior security researcher with Black Hills Information Security. Just a day after one of the two hackers cracked a zero-day flaw in Internet Explorer 8, Microsoft released the browser to the public-- flaw and all. But security experts praised the new browser for its ...
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