VN firm exposes critical flaws in new Google, Microsoft software

Just days after Google Chrome was launched, Viet Nam’s Bach Khoa Internetwork Security (BKIS) discovered a critical vulnerability in the web browser, built with open source code and developed by Google.

The discovery was announced by leading IT publications and websites in the world, including Computer World, PC World, Cnet and Information Week.

Google Chrome is a browser that claims to combine a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.

A hacker could construct a specially-crafted Web page which contains malicious code, trick users into visiting his website and convince them to save his page. The code would then be executed, giving the hacker access to the affected system, said a security advisory issued by BKIS.

Researchers Le Manh Tung and Nguyen Minh Duc of BKIS, which is housed at the Ha Noi University of Technology, also found a flaw in the Windows Media Encoder and sent their report to Microsoft several months ago. The vulnerability they exposed would allow a hacker to carry out a remote attack and take complete control of the user’s computers.

Google and Microsoft issued patches to deal with the vulnerabilities and released updated versions after a few days.

With these exposures, Viet Nam has made a mark in field of Internet network security, analysts say.

By Tran Binh – Translated by Kim Khanh

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