The glitch ... could permit an attacker to secretly search the contents of a personal computer via the Internet.
The problem lies in the fact that GDS intercepts all network connections going to Google and inserts local data into the results - but the researchers built a Java program which made requests to Google, took the local data and transmitted it remotely.
For users, there is apparently some silent updating going on to a new version. But isn't the problem, while apparently patched, an inherent, fundamental design flaw? Does this affect your confidence in using the product?
WBF, I've never downloaded it either, and wouldn't trust anything that sent my local search queries to a third-party even if the data was proved 100% "safe" (which is a huge "if"). I even block all Google cookies.
I was merely wondering whether this problem is going to encourage users to look at the product with a more critical eye, rather than simply thinking that it's cool because of the Google label and not worrying about the security and privacy aspects.
IMHO, most "users" react to marketing far more than good sense. G has done an amazing job of creating brand awareness. I doubt that this will significantly impact them. I am already seeing more news stories that the problem is fixed than I am that that the problem exist(ed).
Look at how many years it took for the man on the street to take M$ security issues seriously.
On a side note, do you think anti-adware/spyware programs should flag G's cookie as a data-miner? Or, flag the toolbar as spyware? Now, that could cause some interesting changes.