Mozilla Firefox Addon Shipped With Malicious Adware Virus Code

in Categories GNU/Open source, Linux, Mozilla, Security, UNIX, Windows last updated May 8, 2008

The addons has been downloaded several thousands of time over past 3 months. Mozilla warned that a malicious program inserted adware code into a Firefox plugin. According to Mozilla security chief Window Snyder:

Everyone who downloaded the most recent Vietnamese language pack since February 18, 2008 got an infected copy. Mozilla does virus scans at upload time but the virus scanner did not catch this issue until several months after the upload.

=> Virus found in Vietnamese language pack (Via Y! news)

Posted by: Vivek Gite

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  1. I have this on a non-vietnamese download. Also recently got an “Alert” that pops up every few seconds saying “The URL is not valid and cannot be loaded.” The URRL does load but the pop-up has to be closed every few seconds of browsing!

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