An easy-to-exploit vulnerability exists in Maxthon, China’s most popular web browser, according to a report shared today with ZDNet by cyber-security firm SafeBreach.
The vulnerability allows malware to obtain admin rights and boot persistence with the help of one of the Maxthon’s components.
SafeBreach researchers reported the vulnerability to Maxthon developers at the start of September. A Maxthon spokesperson told ZDNet that the issue has been fixed in Maxthon 188.8.131.520 beta, which will be released on the stable channel next week.
According to its website, the Maxthon browser is installed on more than 670 million computers, most of these being Windows systems in China.