A security flaw in the Netscape browser could allow hackers to take over users’ machines by launching a buffer overflow attack and executing their own code, a research company has claimed.
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The security hole has been reported by security researcher Secunia, which says various versions of the Netscape browser are affected, including versions 6.2.3 and 7.2.
Secunia said the flaw was highly critical as Netscape has not created a patch to solve the problem, and suggested that users affected by the problem should use an alternative browser.
Netscape is set to lose its number two ranking in the browser market (where Internet Explorer is dominant) to the open source Firefox browser from the Mozilla Foundation.