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Unpatched Internet Explorer exploit hits the Web

By Matthew ยท 53 replies
Mar 11, 2010
  1. Israeli security researcher Moshe Ben Abu has published the exploit code of an unpatched Internet Explorer security hole. With the help of a McAfee blog post, Abu pinpointed the vulnerability in about 10 minutes. Microsoft warned on Tuesday that the bug could allow an attacker to take control of a computer, and advised users of IE 6 and 7 to install version 8 as soon as possible.

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,635   +697

    Just say "no" to IE! Too many other better browsers around to mess with that and worry about the countless security issues.
  3. buendia

    buendia TS Rookie Posts: 29

    For regular users, no need for IE. There's plenty of very good alternatives (Firefox, Opera,Chrome). Provided you really want to use IE, always upgrade to the latest version and regurarly install updates.
  4. Oh, so nothing new?
  5. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    yeah pretty much.

    As for businesses still using IE6...you better get your act together soon...and if you're big enough you need to try to eliminate the dependancy on someone else's browser technology.
  6. ludoboss

    ludoboss TS Rookie Posts: 18

    A lost war! Microsoft must be directed to win the search engine war ad let other do browsers. Chrome, Opera and Firefox is over the top. MS u cannod do all better. U make win7: TNX!
  7. well if people would simply update their computers then they would already have IE8 insytalled. Its not that hard people.
  8. Why should people tolerate all the problems with IE when they have paid for a software that is suppose to be superior. Seems that Microsoft creates products with holes to try and force people to upgrade their products. People are paying for the right to be test subjects.
  9. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    Heh ya, first thing that came to mind when I read the headline too.
  10. elroacho72

    elroacho72 TS Rookie Posts: 116

    I like IE8, I still can't believe there is that many people stuck back on IE6or7.Wait yes I can My Dad still uses Madia player 9, why, why just update and live a little.Thank, You that is all.
  11. rajmond

    rajmond TS Rookie Posts: 45

    I can understand some people who use IE 8 (because it's part of the most used operating system) but I don't know who uses still IE 6 & 7. It's nothing new that there if a new hole in Microsoft Internet Explorer. The best choice would be to change to a new browser ( Firefox or Chrome)
  12. CodePhoeniX

    CodePhoeniX TS Rookie Posts: 36

    Hmm.. I cant remember why i use Firefo.... oh... nevermind.
  13. Kovach

    Kovach TS Rookie Posts: 44

    What's on my mind right now is why people still keep using IE after all these exploits coming? There are a lot of options to choose, but no, people are lazy to install another browser.
  14. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 529   +7

    Come on. We know that there are exploits in every browser. More issues are found in the common ones becuase they are the ones that get targeted. The real issue here is that people don't keep their computers up to date and so they are vulnerable.
  15. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,164   +832

    I haven't used IE since forever... although there are some specific sites that are only for IE even nowadays which is kind of prehistoric, but still IE 8 isn't affected according to this.
  16. jrronimo

    jrronimo TS Rookie

    Not everyone has a choice -- Some of the web-based-systems that some of my users log into don't support IE8 yet. Sometimes they'll run... sometimes they'll run in Firefox, but not always. So they stick it out with IE7.

    Luckily, there are workarounds for this published by Microsoft. Obviously the vendor of the web-software needs to update, but until they do we can only wait.
  17. Kovach

    Kovach TS Rookie Posts: 44

    Yes, I agree with you about updates and that there are exploits in every browser. But please, IE is hole without the end. It has more announced exploits than any other browser. Am I right?
  18. seefizzle

    seefizzle TS Evangelist Posts: 313   +169

    What's internet explorer?
  19. Kovach

    Kovach TS Rookie Posts: 44

    Yes, you are completely right. I was thinking about people that has choice and being lazy about choosing another browser, safer and faster.
  20. GACrabill

    GACrabill TS Enthusiast Posts: 49   +9

    No ... I don't think that you are correct.
    We just don't hear about the Firefox holes.
    Hasn't Firefox had more security fixes for two years in a row now than IE has had?
    Do some research ... lots of Firefox security fixes occur that we never hear about ... blame the media, or start blaming Mozilla.
  21. zyodei

    zyodei TS Rookie Posts: 30

    Hahah..just got done showing my coteacher a few of the basic features of Opera.

    Here in Korea, IE6 is still the standard - used on 90%+ of computers.

    I'm serious.

    She was BLOWN AWAY by tabbed browsing :p

    My current computer is a C2D with 2 Gigs of RAM..and came OEM with XP (good) and IE6 (hahaha..but irrelevant anyway)
  22. jacob007

    jacob007 TS Rookie Posts: 25

    IE who?
  23. pipopaz

    pipopaz TS Rookie Posts: 70

    You just gave the perfect solution! I agree as well that IE has way to many vulnerabilities exploited in the past.
  24. Yoda8232

    Yoda8232 TS Rookie Posts: 145

    Solution? Don't use IE, but in all honesty after using all 5 major browsers I use Firefox as my main browser (secure and very customizable), Chrome as a backup (extremely fast), and IE if needed because it's compatible with all the websites because basically all the websites are made for IE because it's WAS the most popular browser.
  25. ToastOz

    ToastOz TS Rookie Posts: 59

    First mistake was using IE.
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