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    AO French Antique News Whore
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    Firefox spoot demonstration

    -Simon \"SDK\"

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    Is there anything that stops this from being done in IE?

    Probably not.

    The browser lets the page render pretty much anything. Ok, so in IE it would be harder because there is no XUL, you could still fake it with lots of images and Javascript.


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    A huge give away to keep an eye out for is if it stops displaying the URLs as you hover over them in the status bar on the bottom. That, and if you are using windows it seems to still display the images for the window resize used in Gnome/KDE (bottom right)

    Nice hack though.

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    Master-Jedi-Pimps0r & Moderator thehorse13's Avatar
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    While this and other spoofs of the like are reasonably easy for IT people to spot, what makes them particularly disturbing is the tremedous amount of success they have against your typical end user. Whenever I see something like this, I typically look at it from the perspective of how likely my end users will be fooled.

    Thanks for the link.
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    how to prevent this

    The primary problem is that Javascript allows windows without controls to be displayed. So, let's defeat that (hail firefox configuration ability!):

    1. Put
    in the address bar. note, remove the space that AO puts between about and : !!!

    2. And then in the second address bar (the search filter)put:
    A list of items should show up.

    Then change all those entries to the following values (or look up how to make a user.js file on Google):

    dont change this one!!
    dom.disable_window_flip = false
    change the rest below here
    dom.disable_window_move_resize = true
    dom.disable_window_open_feature.close = true
    dom.disable_window_open_feature.directories = true
    dom.disable_window_open_feature.location = true
    dom.disable_window_open_feature.menubar = true
    dom.disable_window_open_feature.minimizable = true
    dom.disable_window_open_feature.personalbar = true
    dom.disable_window_open_feature.resizable = true
    dom.disable_window_open_feature.scrollbars = true
    dom.disable_window_open_feature.status = true
    dom.disable_window_open_feature.titlebar = true
    dom.disable_window_open_feature.toolbar = true
    dom.disable_window_status_change = true
    Sure, the graphics are still there, but now you have TWO sets of toolbars (since we removed JS's ability to remove toolbars) and can easily smell something fishy.

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