New Security Flaw Found In IE, Best Fire Up FireFox

NormCameron

Vista Guru
New Security Flaw Found In IE, Best Fire Up FireFox

Jan 03

If you’re using Internet Explorer to read this it might be an idea to shut it down now and open up trusty old FireFox instead. Microsoft has today issued an alert to notify users of a critical security flaw in IE.7.0 that could allow hackers to take control of your computer and steal passwords. The company is apparently preparing an emergency patch to fix it but in the meantime simply requests that users remain ‘vigilant’ against the threat.Microsoft advisors actually ask that you don’t switch because they are trying to get it resolved as soon as possible. Of course it couldn’t be seen to recommend else’s software, but this doesn’t show much consideration for people’s security concerns. Trend Micro security advisor Rick Ferguson is free from such restraint: “In this case, hackers found the hole before Microsoft did, this is never a good thing. What we’ve seen from the exploit so far is it stealing game passwords, but it’s inevitable that it will be adapted by criminals; it’s just a question of modifying the payload the trojan installs. If users can find an alternative browser, then that’s good mitigation against the threat.” Alternative browsers FireFox, Opera, Chrome and Safari are not vulnerable to the flaw, so if you know what’s good for you best jump on one of these to be safe (most are better than IE anyway). - Paul Lester [BBC] security Internet Explorer Microsoft






New Security Flaw Found In IE, Best Fire Up FireFox | Newsglobal

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NormCameron

Vista Guru
I wonder how IE8 fits into this. :shock:

Another one Norm! Aww, man.

New Security Flaw Found In IE, Best Fire Up FireFox

Jan 03

If you’re using Internet Explorer to read this it might be an idea to shut it down now and open up trusty old FireFox instead. Microsoft has today issued an alert to notify users of a critical security flaw in IE.7.0 that could allow hackers to take control of your computer and steal passwords. The company is apparently preparing an emergency patch to fix it but in the meantime simply requests that users remain ‘vigilant’ against the threat.Microsoft advisors actually ask that you don’t switch because they are trying to get it resolved as soon as possible. Of course it couldn’t be seen to recommend else’s software, but this doesn’t show much consideration for people’s security concerns. Trend Micro security advisor Rick Ferguson is free from such restraint: “In this case, hackers found the hole before Microsoft did, this is never a good thing. What we’ve seen from the exploit so far is it stealing game passwords, but it’s inevitable that it will be adapted by criminals; it’s just a question of modifying the payload the trojan installs. If users can find an alternative browser, then that’s good mitigation against the threat.” Alternative browsers FireFox, Opera, Chrome and Safari are not vulnerable to the flaw, so if you know what’s good for you best jump on one of these to be safe (most are better than IE anyway). - Paul Lester [BBC] security Internet Explorer Microsoft






New Security Flaw Found In IE, Best Fire Up FireFox | Newsglobal

Norm


Pays to do LOTS of Research, particularly if you are a global news group, I guess also if you take their posts seriously. Must have been a slow newsday for this bunch, they quoted "today" in their post dated 3 January, 2009,

Does this look familiar, BBC News, 16th December, 2008


Serious security flaw found in IE


Internet Explorer is used by the vast majority of the world's computer users

Users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer are being urged by experts to switch to a rival until a serious security flaw has been fixed.
The flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer could allow criminals to take control of people's computers and steal their passwords, internet experts say.
Microsoft urged people to be vigilant while it investigated and prepared an emergency patch to resolve it.
Internet Explorer is used by the vast majority of the world's computer users.




BBC NEWS | Technology | Serious security flaw found in IE

Sorry Guys, I was fooled, maybe you weren't. My apologies.

Norm
 

Airbot

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That's alright Norm, maybe whoever put that out in the news that late was sleeping under a rock.
 

Klaudius

Member
That flaw was already fixed before xmas, i cant remember the kb number but its allready been pushed to all the machines if you have auto update on.
 
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