Microsoft update leaves Firefox users unexpectedly vulnerable

By Kristopher A. Nelson
in October 2009

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An add-on that Microsoft silently slipped into Mozilla’s Firefox last February leaves that browser open to attack, Microsoft’s security engineers acknowledged earlier this week.


Please note that this post is from 2009. Evaluate with care and in light of later events.

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An add-on that Microsoft silently slipped into Mozilla’s Firefox last February leaves that browser open to attack, Microsoft’s security engineers acknowledged earlier this week.

via Sneaky Microsoft plug-in puts Firefox users at risk ( РInternet РSoftware РSecurity ).

I suppose somewhere in Microsoft’s licensing language there is an acknowledgment and release of liability for actions like this. Even so, I certainly don’t think most Microsoft customers expect updates to so directly compromise 3rd-party programs like Firefox — and I wonder what Microsoft’s legal responsibility would be, even with their licensing language, should this kind of action truly result in a major loss?