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Flaws in browsers help hackers access hard drives

Date: February 22, 2007

A security researcher has discovered two fairly serious flaws in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser and Mozilla's Firefox.

Michal Zalewski, who posts to a security mailing list, says that the browsers' flaws could allow hackers to get data by luring users to malicious websites.

Microsoft has already confirmed that the flaw is present, and does allow a hacker to grab files off a PC's hard drive, but only if their locations are known.

The company is taking "appropriate action".
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