Feeds

Google patches critical desktop flaw

Integrated attack

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Google has fixed a security flaw in its desktop search software that created a means for hackers to rifle through personal files on users' PCs.

A failure in Google Desktop to "properly encode output containing malicious or unexpected characters" created a means for hackers to cross from the web environment to the desktop application environment.

Because of this, hostile JavaScript code might be used to control Google Desktop functionality, enabling hackers to work around security defences to access confidential desktop files.

The vulnerability opened the way to cross-site scripting attacks which, in turn, created a means for attackers to plant hostile code on targeted machines. Google said that it has no evidence the vulnerability was exploited. An automatic update means that users are protected from attack, AP reports.

The flaw was discovered by web security firm Watchfire, which reported the bug to Google on 4 January. The flaw was fixed on 1 February but news of the bug only emerged this week, coinciding with the release by Watchfire of a press release and research paper (PDF) explaining the problem.

The flaw is far from the first, or no doubt the last, to affect Google's popular desktop search software. Watchfire said that the integration between desktop applications and Web based applications poses a constant risk. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.