Google has issued a patch to cover a range of security holes in its Google Mini enterprise search appliance.
The Google Mini is a scaled down version of the higher-end Google Search Appliance, and is sold to firms with up to about 1,000 employees or to departments within larger organisations.
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Internet security researcher Metasploit Project reported several bugs in the system that allowed remote attackers to read stored files, take over corporate systems and conduct cross-site scripting attacks.
Secunia, another internet security firm, described the flaws as “highly critical”.
Flaws were discovered in a feature that allows customisation of the Google Mini’s search interface through XSLT (Extensible Style-sheet Language Transformations) style-sheets.
These flaws allowed hackers to launch malicious attacks. Google said it wasn’t aware of any attacks on its customers as a result of the flaws.