Feeds

Opera fixes critical form-handling flaw

Second act, malicious spies and click-jackers exit stage left

Seven Steps to Software Security

Opera has updated its browser to correct a cross-platform vulnerability that created a possible mechanism for hackers to inject malicious code into vulnerable systems.

The critical security bug stemmed from flaws in handling large form inputs, as explained in an advisory by the Norwegian software developer here. Version 11.01 of the browser also addresses two less serious security bugs. The first involves a click-jacking vulnerability and the second involves a privacy flaw that creates a way for operators of malicious sites to spy on a surfer's private files. More discussion on the flaws can be found in a bulletin from Secunia here.

The browser update – for Mac and Unix as well as Windows machines, and released on Wednesday – also includes a number of lesser performance tweaks.

In other patching news this week, VideoLAN project developers have released a new version of VLC Media Player that fixes flaws involving the handling of Real Media and CDG media files. Exploitation would involve tricking a user into opening a maliciously constructed file. More details on the update to the popular open source media player application can be found in an advisory by Secunia here. ®

Mobile application security vulnerability report

More from The Register

next story
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade
Misc memory hazards 'could be exploited' - and guess what, one's a Javascript vuln
NEW, SINISTER web tracking tech fingerprints your computer by making it draw
Have you been on YouPorn lately, perhaps? White House website?
BMW's ConnectedDrive falls over, bosses blame upgrade snafu
Traffic flows up 20% as motorway middle lanes miraculously unclog
LibreSSL RNG bug fix: What's all the forking fuss about, ask devs
Blow to bit-spitter 'tis but a flesh wound, claim team
Attackers raid SWISS BANKS with DNS and malware bombs
'Retefe' trojan uses clever spin on old attacks to grant total control of bank accounts
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.