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Google Chrome Browser Exhibits Risky Behavior

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Google (NSDQ: GOOG)'s Chrome browser may have been designed with security in mind, but that hasn't immunized it from security concerns.

Robert "RSnake" Hansen, CEO of SecTheory, a computer security consulting firm, has identified a vulnerability in Chrome that allows JavaScript code to execute when a user views the source code of a Web page using the view-source: directive.

Hansen's blog post about the vulnerability includes a proof-of-concept Web link that, for Chrome users, triggers the flaw and uses JavaScript to present a dialog box that says, "If you can see this, use another browser...seriously."

While any link can trigger JavaScript in this way, this particular issue could provide a building block for a social engineering attack against a Web developer.

Google is planning to fix the issue shortly. "We believe this behavior does not introduce any particular risk for the vast majority of users who do not use view-source: to browse Web pages," said a company spokesperson in an e-mailed statement. "We're working to more accurately align the view-source: page with expected behavior."

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