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Google patches a critical hole

by Nikola Strahija on October 13th, 2005 Google has patched a security hole on its main search-engine website.


The search engine was notified of a cross-site scripting vulnerability in September, according to the security company that discovered it, Finjan. Google fixed the problem "within a few days", said a Finjan spokeswoman.

Two Google.com sub-sites contained forms that did not validate and filter input. Because of the lack of data validation and filtering, the vulnerability could have allowed an attacker to inject content and scripts and steal Google.com users' cookies. When users were logged on, an attacker could then gain access to Google services such as account information, saved searches, Google alerts and the user's Google Groups identity, Finjan said.


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