Firefox backdoor vulnerabilty revealed

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Phishing has nothing to do with a rod, a bag of maggots and a bucket of mackerel. It’s a technique used to obtain confidential data by masquerading as something else – such as supplanting someone’s ID or claiming to be a legitimate institution (generally via spam, fraudulent electronic message, or falsification of web pages).Up until now, one of the big advantages of the Firefox browser was its enhanced security over Internet Explorer but a new hole in the popular browser has been discovered. The vulnerability in Firefox, is caused by a backdoor in the Password Manager function which does not verify URL’s before automatically completing user data in pages that request passwords. A URL (Uniform Resource Locator or Uniform Localizador of Resources) is a “pointer” to the location of any file such as a page of HTML (i.e a web address such as http://www.softonic.com).

The flaw can be exploited by an attacker to rob the credentials of the user (name and password) without their knowledge through a fake form when the website is visited. The vulnerability has been confirmed in version 2.0 upwards and previous versions could also be affected too. There has been no official patch issued by Mozilla as yet but obviously, the best way to avoid any risk is to deactivate the Password Manager function and enter passwords yourself manually. Don’t let those phishers fool you with their bait.

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