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[ISN] Chrome OS has security flaws, claims researcher
By Lance Whitney Security
June 30, 2011
Google may see its Chrome operating system as more secure than
traditional alternatives, but one security researcher believes the
cloud-based OS is vulnerable, according to a Reuters story published
WhiteHat Security researcher Matt Johansen said he found a flaw in a
Chrome OS application that he was able to exploit to gain control of a
Google e-mail account. Though Google fixed the flaw after it was
reported, Johansen claims to have discovered other applications with the
same flaw, Reuters said.
In citing the security holes in Chrome OS, Johansen specifically pointed
to the ability of hackers who can steal data as it moves between the
cloud and the Chrome OS browser instead of hacking directly into a
"I can get at your online banking or your Facebook profile or your
e-mail as it is being loaded in the browser," he told Reuters. "If I can
exploit some kind of Web application to access that data, then I
couldn't care less what is on the hard drive."
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