Google Translate security flaw discovered

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Susan Welsh  Identity Verified
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Yikes Nov 30, 2011

Anybody know if this is for real? The iTWire article is not written in very good English, and I don't understand all of it. (Sample code? What's that?)

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Didier Briel  Identity Verified
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No concern for CAT tool usage Nov 30, 2011

Susan Welsh wrote:
Anybody know if this is for real? The iTWire article is not written in very good English, and I don't understand all of it. (Sample code? What's that?)

This article only concerns usage of Google Translate to produce a web page.

The article is not very accurate technically either.

It is relatively easy, since Google Translate is typically using JavaScript.

It isn't.
The code calling Google Translate *can* use JavaScript.

CAT tools, typically, would not use it.

"Sample code" is just an example of a program.


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Matthew Fisher  Identity Verified
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Google to IceWarp: "Read the fine manual" Dec 1, 2011

None of this applies to translators using desktop software like SDL Trados.

It's an account and server configuration issue for website administrators. It only applies to websites which are using the paid version of Google Translate to provide automated online translations.

There was no need for the press release, except to draw attention to IceWarp. There's not even a real security issue there, because no competent web development team would be so foolish put their private API key in the publicly visible source code for a web page.

Would a web developer put a database password in publicly visible source code? No. Can web applications securely interact with a database? Yes. But how? Don't ask IceWarp; they'll make it sound like they just discovered fire and are now working on the wheel.

For PC Magazine's take on this non-issue, see:

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