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Microsoft Edge Bug Could've Let Hackers Steal Your Secrets for Any Site

Microsoft Edge Bug Could've Let Hackers Steal Your Secrets for Any Site

June 28, 2021Ravie Lakshmanan
Microsoft last week rolled out updates for the Edge browser with  fixes for two security issues , one of which concerns a security bypass vulnerability that could be exploited to inject and execute arbitrary code in the context of any website. Tracked as  CVE-2021-34506  (CVSS score: 5.4), the weakness stems from a universal cross-site scripting (UXSS) issue that's triggered when automatically translating web pages using the browser's  built-in feature via Microsoft Translator . Credited for discovering and reporting CVE-2021-34506 are Ignacio Laurence as well as Vansh Devgan and Shivam Kumar Singh with CyberXplore Private Limited.  "Unlike the common XSS attacks, UXSS is a type of attack that exploits client-side vulnerabilities in the browser or browser extensions in order to generate an XSS condition, and execute malicious code," CyberXplore researchers  said  in a write-up shared with The Hacker News. "When such vulnerabilities are found and exploited,
Over a Dozen Chrome Extensions Caught Hijacking Google Search Results for Millions

Over a Dozen Chrome Extensions Caught Hijacking Google Search Results for Millions

February 03, 2021Ravie Lakshmanan
New details have emerged about a vast network of rogue extensions for Chrome and Edge browsers that were found to hijack clicks to links in search results pages to arbitrary URLs, including phishing sites and ads. Collectively called " CacheFlow " by Avast, the 28 extensions in question — including Video Downloader for Facebook, Vimeo Video Downloader, Instagram Story Downloader, VK Unblock — made use of a sneaky trick to mask its true purpose: Leverage  Cache-Control  HTTP header as a covert channel to retrieve commands from an attacker-controlled server. All the  backdoored browser add-ons  have been taken down by Google and Microsoft as of December 18, 2020, to prevent more users from downloading them from the official stores. According to telemetry data gathered by the firm, the top three infected countries were Brazil, Ukraine, and France, followed by Argentina, Spain, Russia, and the U.S. The CacheFlow sequence began when unsuspecting users downloaded one of the
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