Java security hole in Netscape
- — 07 August, 2000 17:23
Potentially this means that, if you're using Netscape, simply viewing a page containing a similar hostile applet could make every single file on your computer downloadable by anyone on the Internet. This is very bad.
The Brown Orifice Web site at http://www.brumleve.com/BrownOrifice contains a demonstration version of the applet (don't try this at home), as well as copies of the source code and a list of recently "infected" computers.
While Brumleve has made all this information available to the public in order to demonstrate security risks, the possibility exists that less ethical people will use these techniques to access private information stored on others' computers.