IE flaw threat hits the roof... Continuing & Escalating Danger for IE users...

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by TheMusicMan, Jan 9, 2005.

  1. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    Three unpatched flaws in Internet Explorer now pose a higher danger, a security company warned, after code to exploit one of the issues was published to the Internet.

    Secunia said Friday that it had raised its rating of the vulnerabilities in Microsoft's browser to "extremely critical," its highest rating. The flaws, which affect IE 6, could enable attackers to place and execute programs such as spyware and pornography dialers on victims' computers without their knowledge, said Thomas Kristensen, Secunia's chief technology officer.

    Full story here.
     
  2. rutty

    rutty Active Member

    I'm so pleased that my work IT section still insist on using IE5.5 :(
     
  3. gorgeous_si

    gorgeous_si New Member

    On the subject of flaws, I just read about these Firefox ones.
     
  4. rutty

    rutty Active Member

    Does anyone actually use NNTP anymore? That's so 1997 ;)

    No doubt Firefox and Mozilla will have bugs, some of which may eventually be found to be critical. As long as people update regularly then this risk is minimised. Oddly enough Secunia have Firefox rated as having moderately critical issues whereas IE has a rating of extremely critical. There are lists of the unpatched issues there too.

    What it boils down to is that users of any browser should make sure that they update their software regularly. The vast majority of people will be OK if they do this and they maintain a sensible web-browsing technique - i.e. don't download dodgy software ;)
     
  5. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    ... thanks Dave.

    ... and the reason I posted this is that there are unfortunately more IE users than Firefox users - thus many more people are potentially at risk. As Dave says, whichever web browser one uses it is always best to make sure it is secure - there are more back doors being found all the time. I recently had to do a security update on the software used on tMP because of a recently discovered PHP vulnerability.

    Best to always make sure...
     
  6. gorgeous_si

    gorgeous_si New Member

    The thing with exploits is they'll always attack the easiest or 'best' targets. When Firefox gets a better share of the browser market, it will become a more significant target. Fortunately, I think Firefox patches will come out much more quickly than those required for IE (MS has known about this vulnerability since October / November)!
     
  7. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    A couple of my mates have been hit recently because of this dial-up vulnerability and only noticed when they got their phone-bills in! Another linked problem is whitepaging and an error message saying that their pooters could not connect to the chosen URLs (probably because the remote dialer was in use!). There is a patch now available at the M$ update site which is supposed to help.
     
  8. rutty

    rutty Active Member

    Exactly - keep your operating system patched. Most people don't and that's why there are so many people affected by viruses and other software nasties ;)
     

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