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Warning - Serious Flaw exposed in IE

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posted on Jun, 25 2004 @ 12:03 PM
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Web browser flaw prompts warning

from the BBC

Microsoft has issued advice about the loophole
Users are being told to avoid using Internet Explorer until Microsoft patches a serious security hole in it.

The loophole is being exploited to open a backdoor on a PC that could let criminals take control of a machine.


Rest of Story

So be careful people. Use another browser if you can or but don't use IE




posted on Jun, 25 2004 @ 12:04 PM
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W00T!!

Now, I'm glad that I got firefox a week ago!

Yesss!

Thanks, Hyperen.



posted on Jun, 25 2004 @ 12:05 PM
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I was just trying out IE after I had finally scrubbed away a browser hijack, and then I read your thread.

I am not replying with Mozilla.



posted on Jun, 25 2004 @ 12:10 PM
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I'm so glad I dumped IE ages ago. It really does make the Internet more safe, controlled and even more fun*

*if you consider tabbed browsing as fun, other people may require more stimulation than tabbed browsing can deliver to declare something "fun". This can only be judged at a personal level. I am sad enough that tabbed browsing is actually fun for me. Then again, I am very, very old.


[edit on 25-6-2004 by Zzub]



posted on Jun, 25 2004 @ 12:18 PM
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some great alternatives to IE:

MyIE2 (my personal choice)
-has tabbed browsing, built in pop up stopper and ad muncher, and other features
www.myie2.com...

Avant Broswer
-tabbed browsing, built in search engines, 40 languages, built in pop up stopper
www.avantbrowser.com...

Mozilla Firefox
-pop up blocking, tabbed browsing, built in searches, highly customizable
www.mozilla.org...

Opera Broswer
-pop-up blocker, opera mail with SPAM killer, IRC-compatible chat, newsreader, RSS newsfeeds, built in Google search
www.opera.com...



posted on Jun, 25 2004 @ 01:03 PM
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Mozillia Firefox is the way to go.

Its faster and safer than IE.



posted on Jun, 25 2004 @ 03:15 PM
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I find my Mozilla and Galleon Internet clients to be fine. Internet Explorer has always had a bad history with exploits, makes me wonder if they're doing it on purpose? I know open-source software is a big portion of the reason why these clients are safer but wouldn't a monopoly company be able to dish out something a bit more appetizing? I heard however with SP2 there will be tighter security and even an ad-blocker in IE.



posted on Jun, 25 2004 @ 03:22 PM
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Is there any updates on this? is it still recomended we dont use IE?

Rynaldo



posted on Jun, 25 2004 @ 03:25 PM
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Originally posted by rynaldo82
Is there any updates on this? is it still recomended we dont use IE?

I always recommend NOT using IE!
The underlying problems are still not patched, so you have to use another browser, set your IE security settings to "high" and disable scripting, or apply the Windows XP Service Pack 2 beta. Of those, using an alternate browser is the easiest.



posted on Jun, 25 2004 @ 03:32 PM
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Originally posted by Spectre
apply the Windows XP Service Pack 2 beta. Of those, using an alternate browser is the easiest.


I already have that. How does that help prevent criminals accessing my PC?


[edit on 25/6/04 by Hyperen]



posted on Jun, 25 2004 @ 03:36 PM
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Originally posted by Hyperen
I already have that. How does that help prevent criminals accessing my PC?

[edit on 25/6/04 by Hyperen]

because it prevents the currently un-patched cross-zone scripting exploit. I've tested it, and XP SP2 patches the flaws currently affecting IE6 even with up-to-date hotfixes.
www.abovetopsecret.com...



posted on Jun, 25 2004 @ 03:40 PM
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Multiple posts ... bugger it ! ... the one below is the real one :shk:

[edit on 25-6-2004 by Pisky]



posted on Jun, 25 2004 @ 03:41 PM
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Lucky I downloaded Firefox a few days ago.
I'm just getting used to it, but it does appear to be a decent browser even with the primitive piece of kit I'm currently using it on.

[edit on 25-6-2004 by Pisky]



posted on Jun, 25 2004 @ 03:47 PM
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orginally posted by Pisky
Lucky I downloaded Firefox a few days ago.


I have just downloaded it and am getting used to it. I like what I see so far though


[edit on 25/6/04 by Hyperen]



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