[CentOS] OT: Possible for Malware against Windows boxes to attack Firefox on Linux?

Lanny Marcus lmmailinglists at gmail.com
Fri Apr 17 16:33:45 UTC 2009

On Fri, Apr 17, 2009 at 11:25 AM, William L. Maltby
<CentOS4Bill at triad.rr.com> wrote:
> On Fri, 2009-04-17 at 11:13 -0500, Lanny Marcus wrote:
>> On Thu, Apr 16, 2009 at 11:14 PM, Michael A. Peters <mpeters at mac.com> wrote:
>> <snip>
>> > My experience is that when browsing on any OS and you come across an
>> > error message stating that your computer is infected and you need to
>> > install such and such software, the web site I was visiting has an XSS
>> > exploit that was taken advantage of to try and get you to manually
>> > install a piece of malware.
>> >
>> > Install the FireFox extension "noscript" and be very careful about what
>> > domains you authorize scripting from.

I now have NoScript installed.

> You might want to also check your preferences. FF has settings about
> warning about fraud sites etc. You also can affect the things that
> javascripts can do and suppress pop-ups. I've encountered those things
> that you mentioned and gotten no ill-effects since I just leave the site
> immediately.

Bill: I will double check the Firefox configuration settings, since I
upgraded from CentOS 5.2 to 5.3, last Friday night. I need to be able
to visit that web site, so if anything bad is coming from it (without
the knowledge of the webmaster) I will hopefully avoid it, with the
NoScript Firefox extension which I just installed. Lanny

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