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Offline GhostShip

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AVG Tune-Up Created Chrome Backdoor
« on: January 04, 2016, 05:01:09 am »
Not great news bur supposedly fixed now  :o

It has emerged that a popular tool meant to ward off malware contained a flaw that put millions of people's personal data at risk.
AVG's Web TuneUp software is marketed as a free way for users to defend themselves from "hidden threats".

Google's Tavis Ormandy first flagged the issue to other members of his Project Zero team on 15 December.
He highlighted that Web TuneUp was "force installing" a plug-in into Chrome, meaning that users of the product had no way to opt out of it altering the browser's settings.

As a result, he said, people's internet history and other personal data could be seen by others if they knew where to look online. Furthermore, he said, the code could potentially let hackers spy on people's email and other online activities.

An independent security expert said the case should serve as a warning.

"The vulnerability Google discovered is very serious, and allowed any website to access the passwords and other confidential information for any other website the AVG customer had visited," commented Dr Steven Murdoch from University College London.

Browser security is becoming the new front line as many folks wake up to the drawbacks of email and protect themselves in that sphere, whats more annoying in this respect is that the folks thought they where taking care of business when in fact their passwords and other sensitive data was potentially placed into the hands of any site they visited, epic fail anyone ?

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Re: AVG Tune-Up Created Chrome Backdoor
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2016, 07:47:22 am »
'tune up utilities' was a nice software package before AVG bought them

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