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Opera 8.01 only browser of major browsers not affected by latest vulnerability

June 22, 2005

The latest version of Opera is the only browser among the major browsers that is not affected by JavaScript pop-up vulnerability.

This flaw allows a JavaScript pop-up window to appear in front of a popular site, making it appear as though it originated from there, while really originating from a malicious site. This could trick users into potentially entering private information.

Internet Explorer (IE), Firefox, and Safari are among the browsers vulnerable to this flaw.

Opera released a fix, in Opera 8.01, for this vulnerability the very same day the vulnerability was made public. Opera now displays the origin of the pop-up dialog.

This only bolsters Opera’s claim that security is its top priority. In fact, if you take a look at Secnuia’s site for the vulnerabilities found in browsers, Opera 8 has 0 unpatched vulnerabilities. While Firefox and Internet Explorer have 6 and 20 unpatched security vulnerabilities, respectively.


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  1. June 22, 2005 at 10:08 pm

    So what…? It will be fixed really soon by the Firefox guys anyway.

  2. June 23, 2005 at 12:19 am

    The “so what” is that the Opera guys get to do the happy dance. What the Firefox guys should really be worried about is those OTHER 5 vulnerabilities that don’t affect Opera. This merely raises the total to 6 and makes me wonder if they are really going to patch it sooner rather than later.

  3. FataL
    June 23, 2005 at 10:39 am

    Opera now displays the origin of the pop-up dialog.
    One more browser that do the same is iCab. Anyway, respect to Opera developers to such quick fix!

  4. Anonymous
    June 27, 2005 at 10:36 am

    > minghong: “So what…? It will be fixed really soon by the Firefox guys anyway.”

    Don’t be so sure. They didn’t fix the vulnerability: http://secunia.com/advisories/12403/ since August 2004 (pre Fx 1.0 times)

  5. June 27, 2005 at 12:24 pm

    Anonymous, that’s because resource is always limited. Many of these unpatched vulnerabilities are only some minor issues. For example, your example only affects Mac OS X users, which only make up a tiny portion of the Firefox userbase, not to mention that there are not many Mac OX X developers in the Mozilla community.

  6. Anonymous
    June 27, 2005 at 9:58 pm

    wow fixing up the javascript issue has only made sites unusable, these are EBay.com, Telstra.com (javascript not working correctly). Looks like its back to firefox.

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