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TOR advises users to steer clear of Windows and switch to another OS

TOR releases security advisory that tells users to avoid Windows if at all possible, exploit only affected windows users
| Hacking & Security News | Posted: Aug 7, 2013 6:48 pm

Today, TOR began advising its users to avoid using Microsoft Windows at all cost. The advisory comes after NSA spying was discovered that used malware injected by using the Firefox zero-day vulnerability to gather users' machine names and Mac addresses, which were then being sent back to US government servers.




The security advisory posted by the TOR Project states that the only sure-fire workaround to this exploit is to switch away from Windows. They advise this because the JavaScript that was used to inject the malware was specifically written to target Windows machines running the Firefox 17 ESR browser that was packaged with the TOR Browser Bundle. This allowed the attackers to unmask TOR users without actually installing any backdoors into their host machine.


Mozilla has since patched this vulnerability, but the TOR Project says that there are still many out there who use the affected version of the browser. "Disabling JavaScript will reduce your vulnerability to other attacks like this one, but disabling JavaScript will make some websites not work like you expect," TOR wrote. "A future version of Tor Browser Bundle will have an easier interface for letting you configure your JavaScript settings."


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