Netscape Communications Corporation Information for VU#980499

Certain MIME types can cause Internet Explorer to execute arbitrary code when rendering HTML


Not Affected

Vendor Statement

We have concluded that the bug, as described below, does NOT affect Netscape clients 4.x and 6.x for the following two reasons:

    1. We ALWAYS verify that the user wants to open/launch the attachment with a link. The user must click this link to view/launch the attachment.
    2. Also, we ALWAYS stay true to the MIME type given. Therefore, if someone sent a malicious .exe file, and manually changed the MIME type to image/gif, Netscape would open the file as a gif. The result would be garbled binary code.

As a result of our forced check for user authorization (bullet #1) we assume that the bug in question does not affect us.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

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