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Google Desktop vilnerable in rare circumstances

Posted by kiwiscanfly on June 2, 2007

clipped from computerworld.co.nz
The attack is hard to pull off and could not necessarily be used to install unauthorised software on the victim’s PC, but it does illustrate the kind of security issues that arise with web-based applications, says Hansen, the CEO of web security consultancy Sectheory.com, and a contributor to the
To exploit Hansen’s Google Desktop vulnerability, an attacker would first have to launch a successful “man-in-the-middle” attack, somehow placing himself between the victim and Google’s servers. This could by done by tricking the victim into logging onto a malicious wireless network, says Hansen.
Once this was done, the hacker could launch Hansen’s attack by changing the web pages being delivered to the victim’s PC.
The steps Hansen took to pull off the attack are complex because of the security features that Google has built into its software, he adds.
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