Attacks/Breaches
8/5/2009
04:30 PM
Connect Directly
LinkedIn
Twitter
Google+
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Mozilla Store Security Breached

GatewayCDI, which operates the Mozilla Store, suffered a security breach affecting an undisclosed number of customers.

Mozilla on Wednesday disclosed that a security breach had occurred at a third-party vendor that operates the backend infrastructure of the Mozilla Store.

The breach occurred at GatewayCDI, a distributor of promotional products based in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Mozilla Store sells various items of clothing, software, and other merchandise related to Firefox and other Mozilla projects.

Mozilla declined to provide information about the number of customers whose personal data may have been accessed or to elaborate on the circumstances surrounding the breach.

Conrad Franey, chief marketing officer at GatewayCDI, said that some customer names and passwords were exposed, but that at this point, it appears that no credit card information was accessed.

He said the attack came from a hacker who appears to be based in India. He said he wasn't ready to provide an estimate about the number of people affected. He expects further information to be released shortly.

"We've been in this industry for 25 years," Franey said. "We take this very, very seriously."

In July, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), introduced a data breach bill called the Personal Data Privacy and Security Act. Two previous data breach bills of his have failed. The Act is supposed to make it more difficult for retailers to conceal information about breaches. But critics of the bill argue that the proposed law is full of holes.

In a blog post, Mozilla said that it shut down the Mozilla Store as a preventative step, and that it also closed the International Mozilla Store, run by a different third-party vendor, as a precaution.

Mozilla said that GatewayCDI is in the process of investigating the cause and the extent of the breach. Affected customers are supposed to be contacted by GatewayCDI.

"Mozilla is committed to user privacy and the store will only be reinstated once we have a satisfactory assurance of ongoing login security and data privacy," the company said.

Mozilla has been mulling how to make the Mozilla Store more compelling to members of its community. In May, Mozilla developer David Boswell wrote a blog post that asked whether the social interaction at online T-shirt vendor Threadless offers a model that could be emulated to improve the Mozilla Store experience.

Update: Added GatewayCDI comment.

InformationWeek has published an in-depth report on managing risk. Download the report here (registration required).

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Dark Reading Must Reads - September 25, 2014
Dark Reading's new Must Reads is a compendium of our best recent coverage of identity and access management. Learn about access control in the age of HTML5, how to improve authentication, why Active Directory is dead, and more.
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2012-5485
Published: 2014-09-30
registerConfiglet.py in Plone before 4.2.3 and 4.3 before beta 1 allows remote attackers to execute Python code via unspecified vectors, related to the admin interface.

CVE-2012-5486
Published: 2014-09-30
ZPublisher.HTTPRequest._scrubHeader in Zope 2 before 2.13.19, as used in Plone before 4.3 beta 1, allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary HTTP headers via a linefeed (LF) character.

CVE-2012-5487
Published: 2014-09-30
The sandbox whitelisting function (allowmodule.py) in Plone before 4.2.3 and 4.3 before beta 1 allows remote authenticated users with certain privileges to bypass the Python sandbox restriction and execute arbitrary Python code via vectors related to importing.

CVE-2012-5488
Published: 2014-09-30
python_scripts.py in Plone before 4.2.3 and 4.3 before beta 1 allows remote attackers to execute Python code via a crafted URL, related to createObject.

CVE-2012-5489
Published: 2014-09-30
The App.Undo.UndoSupport.get_request_var_or_attr function in Zope before 2.12.21 and 3.13.x before 2.13.11, as used in Plone before 4.2.3 and 4.3 before beta 1, allows remote authenticated users to gain access to restricted attributes via unspecified vectors.

Best of the Web
Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
In our next Dark Reading Radio broadcast, we’ll take a close look at some of the latest research and practices in application security.