Skip to comments.Google desktop search flawed
Posted on 12/21/2004 4:14:35 PM PST by MissouriConservative
SAN FRANCISCO (CNN/Money) - A Rice University computer scientist and two of his students discovered a potentially serious security flaw in the desktop search tool recently distributed by Google, a newspaper report said Monday. The glitch, which could permit an attacker to secretly search the contents of a personal computer via the Internet, is what computer scientists call a composition flaw, the New York Times said. "When you put them together, out jumps a security flaw," Dan Wallach, an assistant professor of computer science at Rice in Houston, told the newspaper. Wallach and graduate students Seth Fogarty and Seth Nielson discovered the flaw last month, the report said. Google introduced a test version of the desktop search tool on Oct. 14. The program, which can be downloaded at no cost, indexes material on a user's hard drive, like e-mail and text documents. When the user conducts a Web search, the desktop is searched, too. The company said the researchers had notified it of the flaw in late November and had begun distributing a new version of the desktop search engine that repairs the potential security hole, the Times reported. Google's desktop search tool has sparked competition with its closest Web search service competitors, Microsoft and Yahoo!. Microsoft made a test version of its desktop search tool available last Monday as part of its MSN toolbar suite, and Yahoo! will begin testing a similar search tool in January.
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I felt the Google search was pretty invasive. Plus, it took a lot of horsepower to run all of it's parts. Took it off my machine.
I'm still running it on my desktop. I haven't noticed too much of a resource drain. But I will download the patch to tighten up the flaw.
I think I will try Microsoft's as well...just to compare.
Maybe this is the beginning of the competition. Discredit your opponent first.
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