Yahoo Mail Fixes Security Flaws
Yahoo reportedly fixed two flaws in Yahoo Mail which had the potential to allow a hacker to read a victim’s browser cookies and change the appearance of some pages, Yahoo told news services. A Yahoo representative said the flaws were fixed last month by making changes on the company’s Yahoo Mail servers.
“We were alerted of it at the end of May, early June,” spokeswoman Mary Osako said. “There ended up being two variations of the issue: One which we could reproduce in a few days and the other which took a lot of effort to reproduce.” CNet reports that “the vulnerabilities are of a type known as cross-site scripting flaws, which typically take advantage scripting languages and misconfigured Web servers to launch attacks against a user’s computer. The attacks typically redirect the user to another Web site, allow access to the user’s cookies or, sometimes, allow the attacker to run code on the victim’s computer.”