August 23, 2001

HTML 'hack' could use browsers to open Net security hole

Author: JT Smith

Computer User: "An independent computer programmer in Germany has discovered that malicious hackers could wield
seemingly ordinary-looking Web pages to send commands to servers behind such barriers as
corporate firewalls.

Jochen Topf, whose own software credits include a POP3-protocol server for managing user access to
large e-mail systems, says he found that many common Web browsers can be tricked into passing on
commands from hackers unbeknownst to the browsers' users."

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