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Vulberabilities: ID Theft Vulnerability Haunts Firefox

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mho0019 04 jan 08 Vulberabilities: ID Theft Vulnerability Haunts Firefox"Israeli security researcher Aviv Raff has issued a warning for a fairly serious browser vulnerability that exposes Firefox users to identity theft attacks. Raff, a well-respected hacker who regularly reports security problems in software products, discovered a way to use a browser bug to lure Firefox users into entering login credentials into a maliciously rigged dialog box.

Mozilla Firefox displays an authentication dialog, whenever the visited web server returns 401 status code, and the “WWW-Authenticate” header. In order to specify basic authentication, the “WWW-Authenticate” header should have the value [Basic realm="XXX"] (without the brackets). The Realm value, which in this case is XXX, will be displayed in the authentication dialog window." Browsers – ID Theft Vulnerability Haunts Firefox – Ryan Naraine’s Security Watch

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