Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Jun 2009 11:04 UTC, submitted by Rahul
.NET (dotGNU too) Microsoft is really making it hard not to distrust them, aren't they? We already talked about Mono and Moonlight this weekend, and now we're notified of something else. Apparently, the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1, released earlier this year, installs a Firefox extension which could not be uninstalled easily (registry hacking was needed). To make matters worse, this extension came with a pretty big security hole (at least, that's what everyone says). A newer version of this extension has been pushed out in May, which can be uninstalled the proper way. As it turns out, Firefox apparently has a limitation in that extensions installed at the machine level (instead of the user level) cannot be uninstalled from within the extensions GUI.
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Yet another CFAA violation
by cjcoats on Mon 1st Jun 2009 12:40 UTC
cjcoats
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2006-04-16

As I read the Act, this is a clear violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act--
yet another major violation (recalling Sony).

Someone should be doing jail time. This should not be just swept under
the rug as "corporations will be corporations."

DISCLAIMER: I am a 56-year-old Ph.D. software systems architect.
My experience has led me to have strong opinions.

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