Open-source file-sharing software company LimeWire has been forced to fix its software after a hole was discovered that allowed an intruder to read any file on a user’s hard drive - whether it was made available to share or not.
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The hole was discovered by researchers at Cornell University in the US. The current version of LimeWire is 4.8.1 and the company has warned all users with versions prior to 4.8 to upgrade.
Some users of file-sharing or P2P programs do not configure their software properly and allow intruders or genuine users to access any parts of their PC, instead of just the areas where their intended shared information is located.
As well as creating their own privacy problems, such users can make available confidential information such as online banking details.
The LimeWire flaw, however, was down to software development problems.
According to Download.com, LimeWire has been downloaded 42 million times.