Mobile browser flaw exposes users to spoofing attacks
Safari and Opera Touch browsers are among those which can be exploited to target victims with malware
Several mobile web browsers, including Safari and Opera Touch, were afflicted with a flaw that could allow an attacker to set up a malicious website and tempt a victim into opening a link from a spoofed email or text message.
This would then lead to the user downloading a malicious file or could put the victim at risk data therft, according to Rafay Baloch, an independent security researcher. Baloch worked in collaboration with Rapid7 to report the vulnerabilities to each browser developer.
The site would need to be established by the attacker, and could be sent to victims through a phishing text or email with a spoofed contact number or identity, for example, a message that claims to be from PayPal.
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All vulnerabilities were disclosed to the respective developers in August following their discovery - and publicly revealed after sufficient time had elapsed. Both Apple and Opera immediately assigned tickets to fix the bugs affecting their browsers, with a Safari patch out now and an Opera Touch fix set for November.
Two vendors replied only days before public disclosure, one didn’t reply at all, while attempts to contact the last vendor bounced entirely.
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