Plugin Vulnerabilities

Reduce Your Risk

Article from Issue 121/2010
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Plugins provide a lot of functionality but, depending on their quality, they can provide unwanted security issues as well. We show you how to protect yourself from plugins.

Open source software never ceases to amaze me. Of all the things I have ever encountered (with the possible exception of Legos) nothing can be so easily modified, changed, molded, extended, and otherwise improved. With many programs explicitly supporting external plugins and extensions, this process has become even easier. Some examples include Firefox, TYPO3, WordPress, and, of course, the Linux kernel.

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