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 June 23, 2012  Online

Mathew J. Schwartz reports:

When Firefox version 13 debuted earlier this month, it included a new tab-restoration feature–but at what privacy cost?

“When opening a new tab, users are now presented with their most visited pages,” according to Mozilla’s Firefox 13 release notes.

But as one Firefox user discovered, that tab-restoration feature was also “taking snapshots of the user’s HTTPS session content,” reported The Register, after one of its readers opened a new tab and was “greeted by my earlier online banking and webmail sessions complete with account numbers, balances, subject lines, etc.”

Read more on InformationWeek.

  2 Responses to “Firefox Promises Privacy Patch Against Tab Spying”

  1. I don’t get what all this is about? I thought as long as the snapshots are not sent to any remote server all is ok? or is this something to do with being privacy conscious among multiple users of a single PC? if so, doesn’t firefox store different snapshots for different people?

    • Perhaps the issue is that the https session cookie was retained and reused.
      Maybe scripted exploits could potentially access that cookie, and then send
      info elsewhere?

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