Google fortifies Desktop Search against IE flaw


Google has altered its Desktop Search so that it can no longer be used in digital attacks in conjunction with a flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer. On Friday, an Israeli hacker reported having discovered a means of remotely using Google desktop search to remotely search the computers logged on to a specially built website using Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

Problems in the way the browser handles CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) led to a short cut round the restrictions the browser places on interaction between different domains. Normally such restrictions would prevent one domain from accessing or interacting with another, but the flaw in Internet Explorer means that CSS - the common style pages to which web pages refer for fonts and formatting - can be accessed between domains. PC Pro: News: Google fortifies Desktop Search against IE flaw

Linked by shanmuga Monday, 5th December 2005 9:03PM