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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?
Does this affect your confidence in using the product?
BTW, here is a link where you don't have to sign up:
Google News [news.google.ca]
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.
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.