Carnegie Mellon released Firefox security addon for DNS flaw, Wi-Fi scams and more

Carnegie-Mellon University announced it's making available a free add-on to Mozilla Firefox 3.0 that's intended to boost browser security that defends against DNS flaw, digital certificate problems and Wi-Fi scams. According to the university, the Perspectives software not only protects Firefox users against attacks that might occur because of the recently disclosed software flaw in the […]

Carnegie-Mellon University announced it's making available a free add-on to Mozilla Firefox 3.0 that's intended to boost browser security that defends against DNS flaw, digital certificate problems and Wi-Fi scams.

According to the university, the Perspectives software not only protects Firefox users against attacks that might occur because of the recently disclosed software flaw in the DNS, but it also defends against some digital-certificate problems that crop up in everyday use.

“When Firefox users click on a Web site that uses a self-signed certificate, they get a security error message that leaves many people bewildered,” said David Andersen, assistant professor of computer science at Carnegie-Mellon University, in a statement. But once Perspectives is installed in the Firefox, the browser can automatically override the security error page without disturbing the user if the site appears legitimate.

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