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Internet Explorer has major Flaw
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Posted 12/16/08
Major flaw revealed in Internet Explorer; users urged to switch

The major press outlets are abuzz this morning with news of a major new security flaw that affects all versions of Internet Explorer from IE5 to the latest beta of IE8. The attack has serious and far-reaching ramifications -- and they're not just theoretical attacks. In fact, the flaw is already in wide use as a tool to steal online game passwords, with some 10,000 websites infected with the code needed to take advantage of the hole in IE.

Virtually all security experts (as well as myself) are counseling users to switch to any other web browser -- none of the others are affected, including Firefox, Chrome, and Opera -- at least for the time being, though Microsoft has stubbornly said it "cannot recommend people switch due to this one flaw." Microsoft adds that it is working on a fix but has offered no ETA on when that might happen. Meanwhile it offers some suggestions for a temporary patch, including setting your Internet security zone settings to "high" and offering some complicated workarounds. (Some reports state, however, that the fixes do not actually work.)

Expedient patching or switching are essential. Security pros fear that the attack will soon spread beyond the theft of gaming passwords and into more criminal arenas, as the malicious code can be placed on any website and can be adapted to steal any password stored or entered using the browser. It's now down to the issue of time: Will Microsoft repair the problem and distribute a patch quickly enough to head off the tsunami of fraud that's about to hit or will it come too late to do any good?

Meanwhile, I'll reiterate my recommendation: Switch from Internet Explorer as soon as you can. You can always switch back once the threat is eliminated. (To clarify: You don't need to uninstall IE, just don't use it for the time being.)


link: http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/111811
Posted 12/16/08
......... Anybody surprised? ......... Anybody?
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Posted 12/16/08 , edited 12/16/08
haha nothing new... new firefox update just came out, go get that
Posted 12/16/08
My humble suggestion - http://www.mozilla.com/

All of the alternatives are good, however, if you've ever wanted to make the web work the way YOU wanted it to, Firefox is your best option.
Posted 12/16/08 , edited 12/16/08
Go go Firefox
I'm not surprised this is happening, especially from a piece of crap called Internet Explorer ^_^
Posted 12/17/08
Friends don't let friends do IE.
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Posted 12/17/08
Opera is good too (first ones to use tabbing) but after they released like version after version i couldnt keep track lol... Chrome is pretty good so far, it runs under webkit which is used on Mac browsers but overall Firefox is good cause they keep up to date with their fixes and flaws :).
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Posted 12/17/08
Ahhh IE sucks anyway,has been lagging up my com everytime I open it. Chrome's da only way to go
Posted 12/17/08
Meh... I never use IE to begin with...
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Posted 12/17/08
i don't use ie too.. i use firefox they always update and there add-ons are good like no script and add block plus.
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Wow.............................................................
Posted 12/17/08 , edited 12/17/08

-Athrine- wrote:

i don't use ie too.. i use firefox they always update and there add-ons are good like no script and add block plus.


Exactly. Exactly, exactly, exactly. I doubt I could agree with you more.

I cannot live without adblock plus, flashblock, and occasionaly noscript.
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Posted 12/17/08
if they never spread it thru the web and they fixed it up quietly, people would've been more safe.

THANK DEVS FOR FIREFOX!
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Posted 12/17/08
i use firefox and opera xD
my iE is really whacked with porno viruses
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Posted 12/17/08
IE eats way too much RAM plus it often has errors causing net browsing frustrating.

Firefox>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>IE
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