|Orkut worm - awesome timing
||[Dec. 19th, 2007|12:54 am]
Over the last couple of weeks I've been feeling that Firefox resembles an OS more and more. Feels like Windows 98 more than anything else -- after a few hours of heavy use, it leaks so much memory that I have to restart it. I know exactly what the excuse is: "but it's the extensions, not the browser." That only proves my point -- that used to be the excuse for the crashiness of windows: "but it's the drivers, not the OS!" I can't live without the extensions, at least the developer ones.
virus worm that only requires you to look at the page to spread, not even click on anything. It was just a proof-of-concept, no malice intended, like Samy, but it spread to at least 400,000 users before they fixed it.
I'm running ubuntu on all my computers, of course. Which again reinforces my point -- any environment that's powerful enough to host self-replicating code is an OS as far as I'm concerned. That's right, your browser is already an OS.
Needless to say, orkut sucks giant donkey balls and I haven't used it in a long time. If the email notification for the scrap had said:
J.Random User has sent you a scrap:instead of I wouldn't have been infected. Facebook does the right thing here. Seriously, why do people still persist with orkut?
[crap in portuguese]
The other reason the timing on this is awesome is because it comes right on the heels of the opensocial launch!
If you were infected:
This attack seems to have been well-known for a long, long time: see The Flash Attack from back in 2002.
- No, you don't need to change your gmail password :)
- Make sure to remove yourself form the community you were auto-added to once you're unblocked.
- To prevent this from happening again, you might want to install NoScript and use it to block flash from orkut.