Microsoft sneaks Firefox add-on

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by Gen, Jul 4, 2009.

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  1. Gen

    Gen Registered Member

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    I'm not sure people saw this, did a quick search and found no threads about it.

    Here's the link: http://www.threatpost.com/blogs/microsoft-sneaks-firefox-add-without-user-knowledge

    I removed the extension myself, was absolutely unaware that M$ installed it, I thought it came with one of the Firefox update o_O
    How can I even trust them in trying their new Morro AV..
     
  2. JRViejo

    JRViejo Global Moderator

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    Gen, similar discussion in this February '09 Wilders thread: Microsoft Updates Firefox?
     
  3. arran

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    a bit surprising for microsoft to do this. but can easily be prevented or removed. Microsoft has done a lot of Dumb things in the passed and this is just another one of them.


    If it was a security product that I was using which did this then I would be more worried.
     
  4. arran

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    the Microsoft Operating system itself is not a security product, it is rather a tool to enable you to run programs on whether it be games browsers or what ever.

    So because the Microsoft Operating system is not a security product and because there is nothing else to use I will always be using Microsoft OS.
     
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    I do do updates from Microsoft. But I have Automatic Updates disabled because of this very reason. I first wait for reports like this thread before I download the latest updates, same policy with every other product on my pc automatic updates turned off.
     
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    Indeed, even the date on the blog says May, we're in July.
     
  7. Gen

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    Yea there's a huge date gap here, it's probably why I (and maybe others) missed it.
     
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    In the last round of Windows Updates (or perhaps the one before that) Microsoft issued a fix to allow the add-on to be uninstalled. It does, however, still install.
     
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