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MSIE users told by MS to switch to rival browsers to escape YA0D-flaw

Ianf [PersonRank 10]

Tuesday, December 16, 2008
14 years ago2,033 views

[ I have to admit.... reading such stories about recurring security flaws in Microsoft's Webtripe makes me wonder how much longer before there's a law against, or at least SERIOUS SOCIAL STIGMA attached to mere deployment of same and/or its mothership-OS. Or am I merely engaging in some needlessly vindictive wishfull thinking?]

Users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer have been warned of a flaw that could let hackers gain access to their computers and steal personal data, and told them to swap to a rival browser.

[...] Microsoft is trying to put together a patch, but in the meantime computer users have been advised to update their security settings or switch to unaffected browsers such as Firefox or Opera. [...]
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/dec/16/internet

[ And in other news, the 2000+ year old Greek mechanical calculator Antikythera is now up and running! Top that, Redmond!]

The Guardian: Antikythera: A 2,000-year-old Greek computer comes back to life

Watch a working model of the ancient clockwork device that some call the world's first computer.
http://www.youtube.com/v/ZrfMFhrgOFc&hl=en&fs=1
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2008/dec/11/antikythera-first-computer

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

<< MSIE users told by MS to switch to rival browsers to escape YA0D-flaw >>

That's inaccurate. Microsoft's advisory didn't mention that: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory/961051.mspx . Security experts suggested to switch to other browsers.

Ianf [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

I stand corrected – neither really did the Guardian. I extrapolated an impression from reading about Yet Another 0-day Vulnerability alert. Enough's enough.

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Hopefuly this news will finaly convert my mum to Firefox :P (She's tried it and uses it occasionaly)

The start of that artical isn't written verry well, if I'd read that one I probably would have thought it was Microsoft recomending it.

<<We are actively investigating the vulnerability that these attacks attempt to exploit>>
In other words: "We've got no idea how they're doing it"

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