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Internet Explorer 5 (Mac) vulnerability

Internet Explorer 5 (Mac) vulnerability

Internet Explorer version 5.0 for the Mac has a huge security flaw. This is located in Microsoft's integration of the Java environment in the browser and allows a simple Java applet to establish connections to any server and to receive, display and send information from there! How the whole thing works can be explained and even demonstrated on the site of the discoverer, Ben Mesander.

Internet Explorer version 5.0 for the Mac has a gaping security flaw. This is located in Microsoft's integration of the Java environment in the browser and allows a simple Java applet to set up connections to any server and to receive, display and send information from there! How the whole thing works can be explained and even demonstrated on the site of the discoverer, Ben Mesander. The experienced Java programmer can quickly see how easy it is to exploit this loophole by looking at the source code of such an applet. The risk here is that this security gap can theoretically be used for espionage, e.g. to log how the user concerned surfs, i.e. to record his surfing behavior. It also violates the rules of the Java security model. This problem definitely does not occur in the newer browsers of the competition.

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