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[AP] Serious flaw in IE remains unfixed

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Users of all current versions of Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer browser might be vulnerable to having their computers hijacked because of a serious security hole in the software that had yet to be fixed Monday.

The flaw lets criminals commandeer victims' machines merely by tricking them into visiting Web sites tainted with malicious programming code. As many as 10,000 sites have been compromised since last week to exploit the browser flaw, according to antivirus software maker Trend Micro Inc.

The sites are mostly Chinese and have been serving up programs that steal passwords for computer games, which can be sold for money on the black market. However, the hole is such that it could be "adopted by more financially motivated criminals for more serious mayhem - that's a big fear right now," Paul Ferguson, a Trend Micro security researcher, said Monday.

The latest vulnerability is noteworthy because Internet Explorer is the default browser for most of the world's computers. Also, while Microsoft says it has detected attacks only against version 7 of Internet Explorer, which is the most widely used edition, the company warned that other versions are also potentially vulnerable.

Microsoft said it is investigating the flaw and is considering fixing it through an emergency software patch outside of its normal monthly updates, but declined further comment. The company is telling users to employ a series of complicated workarounds to minimize the threat.

Many security experts, meanwhile, are urging Internet Explorer users to use another browser until a patch is released.
WOW, I'm shocked.
Edited by Diabolical999 - 12/16/08 at 1:28am
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Originally Posted by Diabolical999 View Post
WOW, I'm shocked.
I'm not
    
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People!
Stop posting these.
We all know this, if you dont-you still run a 939
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Yeah, but up until now, my system never was affected by this crap. It is more of a windows problem though. My firefox is affected, though not quite as bad as my IE. I cant even open that it so effed up. I thought it was onyl me for a second until my boss started ******* about how slow his IE was working this morning, then he found out about the bug and now im just waiting for the big M to fix all this crap. LINUX FOREVER!
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Lol. I just read about this.



I'm glad that Girface got me using FF.
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Many security experts, meanwhile, are urging Internet Explorer users to use another browser until a patch is released.
Some experts they are if they don't say to ditch IE for good
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post #7 of 11
When I install windows on any of my systems or a customers system...I use IE ONCE. To DL FF, Avira, and Spybot S&D. Then I remove the shortcut from the desktop and replace it with Firefox's.
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post #8 of 11
Person:
Why do you use Firefox? there's no difference from it and IE...
Me:
Boy, have I got a story to show you....
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Patch is dropping tomorrow, at least on the systems here @ MS.
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AKAeric works for MS?
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