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Old 12-12-2003, 03:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Microsoft investigates spoofing bug

http://www.silicon.com/software/secu...9117294,00.htm


Microsoft on Tuesday said it is looking into reports of a potential bug in its web browser that could help malicious hackers design convincing website spoofs.

The bug, according to security alerts by a bug hunter and a Danish security company, Secunia, could let hackers use a technique to display a false web address on a fake site.

Secunia credited the bug to "Zap the Dingbat," who posted an alert to the Bugtraq security mailing list. That alert links to a demonstration of the exploit, and says Microsoft was informed of the bug on Tuesday.

Malicious hackers frequently lure victims to convincing replicas of ecommerce sites such as eBay, where they're tricked into handing over financial and other private information. The method is said to be a key tool in credit card and identity theft.

Savvy web surfers often figure out the ruse from irregularities in the web address. But in the method described by Secunia, IE could allow the address bar for the spoofed eBay site, for example, to read "ebay.com."

Microsoft said in a statement it "is investigating new public reports of a possible vulnerability in Internet Explorer."
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Old 12-12-2003, 03:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Geeze that is scary... and I just bought two things with my credit card! It's a good thing I use Mozilla.
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Old 12-12-2003, 04:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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thats a pretty cool exploit

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Old 12-12-2003, 06:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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quite a clever guy that zapthedingbat.... puts you off using such widespread commercial products that have such a high percentage of people with a vendata against them.
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