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Serious Security flaw found in Internet Explorer

Gigabot

OSNN Senior Addict
#1
A new flaw has been found in Internet Explorer that allows criminals to take control of people's computers and steal passwords and it's present in all versions of Internet Explorer! Now may be a really good time to switch to Firefox, Google Chrome, or another browser if you haven't done so already because the other browsers aren't vulnerable to this!

Microsoft is continuing its investigation of public reports of attacks against a new vulnerability in Internet Explorer," said the firm in a security advisory alert about the flaw.
Microsoft says it has detected attacks against IE 7.0 but said the "underlying vulnerability" was present in all versions of the browser.
Other browsers, such as Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Safari, are not vulnerable to the flaw Microsoft has identified.
Read full article at:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7784908.stm
 
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#3
In XP you can click Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools and there you'll find "Internet Explorer (No Add-ons)". I wonder if this is any safer?
 

Gigabot

OSNN Senior Addict
#4
In XP you can click Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools and there you'll find "Internet Explorer (No Add-ons)". I wonder if this is any safer?
The article says that all versions of Internet Explorer are vulnerable to this security flaw, so addons or not, you are still vulnerable to this flaw until Microsoft releases an update.
 

Johnny

.. Commodore ..
Political User
#9
This is why you don't use Internet Exploder. Stick with Firefox, Flock, or Opera. Or something other than M$. You will be more safe in the long run.
 

kcnychief

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Political User
#12
I got an e-mail from MS yesterday since I sign up for their alerts - they are putting an out-of-band security advisory out today about this. I'm assuming they will also have a hotfix shortly thereafter, not waiting for the cycle next month.
 

jquintan

OSNN Junior Addict
#14
Why are people still using IE, I would have figured firefox would have taken a majority lead sometime in the near future cause it runs on any and every platform.
 

kcnychief

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Political User
#15
Is this microsoft guys a crap....?
Not sure I know what that means.

Why are people still using IE, I would have figured firefox would have taken a majority lead sometime in the near future cause it runs on any and every platform.
There are plenty of threads out there about people's opinions on IE vs. whatever else, please don't take this thread there.
 

epk

Moderator
Political User
#18
yeah.. and be sure that if firefox ever reaches the number of users IE has, every hacker out there is gonna be lookin for its security holes and exploits.
 

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