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CERT-In warns internet users of cyber security threats from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox

     Internet users in India using popular web browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are vulnerable to security threats, the Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In).
In its advisory, CERT-In said that multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in Mozilla Firefox, Thunderbird and SeaMonkey which could be exploited by a remote attacker to bypass certain security restrictions, disclose potentially sensitive information, gain escalated privileges, execute arbitrary code and causes denial of service condition on the affected system.
The CERT-In which is the nodal agency to combat hacking, phishing and to fortify security-related defences of the Indian Internet arena has dished out an advice to the Indian internet users that personal versions of these two most used web browsers need to be upgrade on their work stations.
It said that a user-assisted remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability using a crafted website or webpage. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow user-assisted remote attacker to cause a denial of service condition.
“Multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in Google Chrome which could be exploited by a remote attacker to cause denial of service condition or execute arbitrary code on the target system”, CERT-In said.
It said that the maximum damage these vulnerabilities could cause was memory corruption, unwanted downloading of files, loss of sensitive information (when Mozilla Firefox is used in Android phones) and cause of denial of various services on the Internet to the user.