Secure IT Foundation

New Features = New Security Risks

Posted on: May 11, 2011

As usual whenever new technology is released, there are security issues found from the early implementations. Web browsers are no different, and a new vulnerability has been identified in Mozilla’s Firefox 4, Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome browsers.

This time the issue is with a new feature called WebGL which allows 3D graphics in the browser. As a new feature you most probably do not need to use it for some time, and until updated versions of the browsers are released then we advise that you disable WebGL for now.

For Firefox users, type: about:config in the address bar and find the option webgl.disabled and set the value to ‘True’. Chrome and Safari have other methods to disable WebGL which are too complex for most home users to implement and as such we recommend that you only use Firefox until updates are released.

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