Feeds

Firefox language pack provides adware back-door

Ho Chi Hack trail

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Mozilla has warned that the Vietnamese language pack of Firefox 2 was compromised as a result of a viral infection.

The language pack did not contain a virus itself, but code that resulted in users seeing unwanted ads. More malicious action might have been possible as a result of the security flaw, the probable result of a developer's machine getting infected rather than a deliberate backdoor.

Everyone who downloaded the most recent Vietnamese language pack since February 18 this year got an infected copy, Mozilla warns. In total there's been 16,667 total downloads of the Vietnamese language pack since November 2007, so the total number of affected users is probably in the low hundreds rather than the thousands.

Mozilla said it does virus scans at upload time, but the virus scanner did not catch this issue until several months after the upload. It said it would revamp its testing procedure following the incident, the first of its kind to affect browser software.

A new Vietnamese language pack will be available shortly. In the meantime, Vietnamese language pack users are advised to disable this package using the add-ons dialogue on the Tools menu.

Mozilla's statement can be found here and there's more on Bugzilla here. ®

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
Webcam hacker pervs in MASS HOME INVASION
You thought you were all alone? Nope – change your password, says ICO
You really need to do some tech support for Aunty Agnes
Free anti-virus software, expires, stops updating and p0wns the world
Meet OneRNG: a fully-open entropy generator for a paranoid age
Kiwis to seek random investors for crowd-funded randomiser
USB coding anarchy: Consider all sticks licked
Thumb drive design ruled by almighty buck
Attack reveals 81 percent of Tor users but admins call for calm
Cisco Netflow a handy tool for cheapskate attackers
Privacy bods offer GOV SPY VICTIMS a FREE SPYWARE SNIFFER
Looks for gov malware that evades most antivirus
Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins
Vulnerability promotes lusers to domain overlords ... oops
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Managing SSL certificates with ease
The lack of operational efficiencies and compliance pitfalls associated with poor SSL certificate management, and how the right SSL certificate management tool can help.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.