[News] [Rival] Internet Explorer Already Highly Vulnerable Again, Firefox Carries on Gaining

[News] [Rival] Internet Explorer Already Highly Vulnerable Again, Firefox Carries on Gaining

Post by Roy Schest » Sun, 24 Jan 2010 19:58:58

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Expert finds vulnerabilities in Microsoft browser

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| A security research firm said it discovered
| another set of vulnerabilities in Internet
| Explorer, a day after Microsoft Corp patched
| the Web browser following a high-profile
| cyber attack on Google in China.


IE is so secure we just had to build an OS out of it.

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| Microsofts new Gazelle concept is the
| greatest thing to hit Linux or the computer
| industry as a whole ever. According to
| Microsoft, Gazelle is a secure web browser
| constructed as a multi-principal OS. I never
| thought I would live to see the day that
| Microsoft announces its own suicide.
| I also never imagined that you could become
| a top executive and yet be so absolutely
| clueless as to sell an idea to the board
| that will mark their own demise and yet be
| so blinded by greed that the obvious has
| become a non issuing factor.


Firefox, Opera downloads surge after IE security scare

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| Internet browsers Firefox and Opera have
| experienced a massive surge in downloads
| since the security flaw in Microsoft
| Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) was exposed.
| Firefox owner Mozilla claims it has
| experienced more than 300,000 extra
| downloads over a four-day period in Germany
| that started last Friday. Opera downloads in
| Germany amounted to over 18,000 in a day
| over last weekend.


China Strange Fixation on IE6

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| The scene in China is markedly different.
| Tons of websites, including commonly used
| ones, have been constructed and tested to
| work with IE6 only, without consideration of
| web standard (W3C), non-IE browsers
| (Firefox), or non-Windows platforms (Linux).
| This proliferation of non-standard websites
| is partly the result of ignorance. Remember
| the recent Green Dam fiasco? Green Dam was
| designed to block undesirable websites, but
| it only works if you access the web with IE.
| If you use Firefox, Green Dam has no effect.



Widespread Attacks Exploit Newly Patched IE Bug

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| The first widespread attack to leverage a
| recently patched flaw in Microsoft's Internet
| Explorer browser has surfaced.
| Starting late Wednesday, researchers at
| antivirus vendor Symantec's Security Response
| group began spotting dozens of Web sites that
| contain the Internet Explorer attack, which
| works reliably on the IE 6 browser, running
| on Windows XP. The attack installs a Trojan
| horse program that is able to bypass some
| security products and then give hackers
| access to the system, said Joshua Talbot, a
| security intelligence manager with Symantec.
| Once it has infected a PC, the Trojan sends a
| notification e-mail to the attackers, using a
| U.S.-based, free e-mail service that Symantec
| declined to name.

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