MS drop authentication technique to foil phishing

Monday, 2 February 2004, 10:34 AM EST

Microsoft has outlined plans to make phishing attacks more difficult by dropping support for a common Web authentication method.

Redmond's plans to remove support for handling user names and passwords in HTTP or HTTPS URLs in IE are designed to protect Web surfers from being lured to malicious constructed or fraudulent sites.

The syntax http(s)://username:password@server/resource.ext has legitimate users but is also frequently used in phishing scams.

The problem is compounded by an unpatched security vulnerability which could be exploited to display a fake URL in the address and status bars of IE.

By John Leyden at The Register.

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