Application Security
2/4/2014
01:11 PM
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail

Google Sounds Chrome Browser Hijack Alarm

Chrome users also face subtle attacks, including Chrome extensions that inject unwanted advertisements.

Chrome's hijacking alert warning.
Chrome's hijacking alert warning.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Howard Fried
50%
50%
Howard Fried,
User Rank: Apprentice
2/7/2014 | 9:40:02 PM
Ads do pay the bills, but use some tact
As David mentions, the reality is most of the internet is paid for with ads...so...the real question is, how can you make money with ads, and not be totally obnoxious, annoying and intrusive?

My team is hard at work on a product that intends to be graceful, mostly hidden, and always seek your consent to show ads and offers. Watch for a release later this year of a new kind of browser safety extension (free) from avira.com
Whoopty
50%
50%
Whoopty,
User Rank: Strategist
2/5/2014 | 9:56:26 AM
Re: Ads and security
I miss the days of when using an "alternative" browser like Chrome or Firefox meant there was nothing to fear as nobody made viruses for anything but IE. I imagine Apple users feel the same way. 
David F. Carr
50%
50%
David F. Carr,
User Rank: Apprentice
2/5/2014 | 9:12:30 AM
Re: Ads and security
Ads still pay the bills, unless you operate like NPR
Lorna Garey
50%
50%
Lorna Garey,
User Rank: Ninja
2/4/2014 | 4:50:27 PM
Favorites?
Does resetting wipe out favorites along with cookies, tabs, etc?
Thomas Claburn
50%
50%
Thomas Claburn,
User Rank: Moderator
2/4/2014 | 4:05:47 PM
Ads and security
There's a fundamental problem here: Ads, as content injected from a third-party domain, represent a threat vector. Playing whac-a-mole with malicious extension providers is one approach. Blocking ads entirely is another.
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Flash Poll
Current Issue
Cartoon
DevOpsí Impact on Application Security
DevOpsí Impact on Application Security
Managing the interdependency between software and infrastructure is a thorny challenge. Often, itís a ďdevelopers are from Mars, systems engineers are from VenusĒ situation.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2014-1544
Published: 2014-07-23
Use-after-free vulnerability in the CERT_DestroyCertificate function in libnss3.so in Mozilla Network Security Services (NSS) 3.x, as used in Firefox before 31.0, Firefox ESR 24.x before 24.7, and Thunderbird before 24.7, allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via vectors that trigger cer...

CVE-2014-1547
Published: 2014-07-23
Multiple unspecified vulnerabilities in the browser engine in Mozilla Firefox before 31.0, Firefox ESR 24.x before 24.7, and Thunderbird before 24.7 allow remote attackers to cause a denial of service (memory corruption and application crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code via unknown vectors.

CVE-2014-1548
Published: 2014-07-23
Multiple unspecified vulnerabilities in the browser engine in Mozilla Firefox before 31.0 and Thunderbird before 31.0 allow remote attackers to cause a denial of service (memory corruption and application crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code via unknown vectors.

CVE-2014-1549
Published: 2014-07-23
The mozilla::dom::AudioBufferSourceNodeEngine::CopyFromInputBuffer function in Mozilla Firefox before 31.0 and Thunderbird before 31.0 does not properly allocate Web Audio buffer memory, which allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service (buffer overflow and applica...

CVE-2014-1550
Published: 2014-07-23
Use-after-free vulnerability in the MediaInputPort class in Mozilla Firefox before 31.0 and Thunderbird before 31.0 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service (heap memory corruption) by leveraging incorrect Web Audio control-message ordering.

Best of the Web
Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
Sara Peters hosts a conversation on Botnets and those who fight them.