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IE 7 Hacked

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Kwak, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. Kwak

    Kwak ....

    May 25, 2006
    MS has done it again. I would NOT use IE7 until this is fixed, but then I don't use that virus/hacker portal anyway.


    Serious security flaw found in IE

    Internet Explorer is used by the vast majority of the world's computer users

    Users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer are being urged by experts to switch to a rival until a serious security flaw has been fixed.

    The flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer could allow criminals to take control of people's computers and steal their passwords, internet experts say.

    Microsoft urged people to be vigilant while it investigated and prepared an emergency patch to resolve it.

    Internet Explorer is used by the vast majority of the world's computer users.

    It's a shame Microsoft have not been able to fix this more quickly
    Darien Graham-Smith
    PC Pro magazine

    "Microsoft is continuing its investigation of public reports of attacks against a new vulnerability in Internet Explorer," said the firm in a security advisory alert about the flaw.

    Microsoft says it has detected attacks against IE 7.0 but said the "underlying vulnerability" was present in all versions of the browser.

    Other browsers, such as Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Safari, are not vulnerable to the flaw Microsoft has identified.

    "In this case, hackers found the hole before Microsoft did," said Rick Ferguson, senior security advisor at Trend Micro. "This is never a good thing."

    As many as 10,000 websites have been compromised since the vulnerability was discovered, he said.

    "What we've seen from the exploit so far is it stealing game passwords, but it's inevitable that it will be adapted by criminals," he said. "It's just a question of modifying the payload the trojan installs."

    More info on the link.
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  2. Carlsbad_Bolt_Fan

    Carlsbad_Bolt_Fan Well-Known Member

    Jun 25, 2006
    I've never switched to IE 7. Many routers, firewalls or other network devices can't me managed under IE 7. I do use Firefox, but not every site plays well with it.
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  3. BoltzRule

    BoltzRule Well-Known Member

    Jun 4, 2006
    I use Firefox 99% of the time. Only use IE when I have to.
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  4. HollywoodLeo

    HollywoodLeo Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    Scrwe IE, I never use it anyways, except on the rare occasion where I'm trying to use some site that's still stuck in the stone ages and doesn't work on anything but IE. (Such as NetFlix's "watch it now" feature)
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  5. Game123

    Game123 Well-Known Member

    Apr 19, 2006
    I use Mozilla and Firefox in conjunction with ESET's Nod32. To date, and its been over 5 years now, I've never had a virus get into my systems.
  6. bleed_bluengold

    bleed_bluengold BoltTalker

    Nov 16, 2008
    anyone know if MS has patched up this security issue?
  7. pure-sol

    pure-sol Well-Known Member

    May 3, 2008
    Safari rules. If you can't use Safari, use Firefox. There's a great add on that allows you to load a webpage in an IE emulator directly in Firefox for the lame websites that are built solely for IE.
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