Internet Explorer security alert

  Noldi 06:20 16 Dec 2008
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I dont use it but best not use IE7 at the moment then.

Noldi

  silverous 13:32 16 Dec 2008

Just looking into this for work purposes, what surprises me is the comments made by "experts" (e.g. from Sophos) in the media:

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e.g.:

"While many of the compromised sites are pornographic, many are legitimate, mainstream web pages. "

That seems alarmist - I very much doubt that "mainstream" (which I would take to be sites like google, banks, amazon etc. etc.) are affected unless they have been hacked.

"People should make sure their anti-virus software up to date, and remember to install Microsoft’s security patch when it is released.”

Updating anti-virus is going to do little against something that isn't a virus but a browser exploit. I appreciate an "expert" from a virus company wants to put the focus on A/V software but in this circumstance it is misleading (in my opinion unless I'm missing something) to suggest that this will have any effect at all.

Just my thoughts on this.

  interzone55 15:09 16 Dec 2008

"Updating anti-virus is going to do little against something that isn't a virus but a browser exploit. "

Many AV packages also include malware scanners that integrate with your browser to check for malicious websites.

I've noticed that Google Chrome has refused to load a couple of pages that may have been hijacked, so perhaps using a browser that isn't built using the Microsoft Virus Transport Protocol may also be a good idea...

  silverous 15:25 16 Dec 2008

True, I wonder how many AV packages include a scan for this exploit? Would be interesting to know.

  Seth Haniel 11:56 17 Dec 2008

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Internet Explorer is used by vast majority of world's computer users
Microsoft is to due to issue a patch to fix a security flaw believed to have affected as many as 10,000 websites.

The emergency patch should be available from 1800 GMT on 17 December, Microsoft has said.

The flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser could allow criminals to take control of people's computers and steal passwords.

Internet Explorer is used by the vast majority of computer users and the flaw could affect all versions of it.

So far the vulnerability has affected only machines running Internet Explorer 7.

  silverous 00:11 18 Dec 2008

I wonder if Microsoft's speed on this patch has anything to do with the mooted fix of switching to another browser - imagine the dent that could make in IE usage stats ;)

  Chegs ®™ 02:07 18 Dec 2008

My desktop received an update earlier(that required a restart)yet my laptop(64 bit desktop versus 32 bit laptop)didnt,no matter.

  anskyber 08:10 18 Dec 2008

Just to underline the point, Firefox tops the list of most vunerable applications in 2008 according to this list click here

  spuds 10:36 18 Dec 2008

Received my IE7 fix which is already installed and perhaps working, but is it me that finds IE7 is becoming rather a pain in respect of all the fixes and patches that it needs. Its becoming an unstable and unreliable product, thinks I. Perhaps a time for a rethink and an 'improved' reliable version :o(

  peter99co 20:14 18 Dec 2008

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It is also reissuing calls for users to upgrade from Firefox 2.0 to Firefox 3.0 as soon as possible and said it is "not planning any further security and stability updates for Firefox 2".

This means Mozilla will no longer support the Firefox 2 browser against future online scams and attacks.

  spuds 10:36 19 Dec 2008

If and when IE8 arrives as a far better and tested product to IE7, then I and no doubt others who have similar ill feelings about IE7, will most likely be a race of happier people ;o)

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