Opera issued an advisory this week for its eponymous browser detailing a flaw in the way the software handles long links–a vulnerability that could be exploited to run programs on a victim's system.

The patch is a relative rarity for Opera, which consistently has the lowest vulnerability count every year, but also has the lowest market share among the major Internet browser for the Windows operating system. The Opera browser had 7 documented vulnerabilities in the first half of 2006, compared to 47 for Mozilla's Firefox and 38 for Microsoft's Internet Explorer, according to Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report.

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