Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Jan 2010 17:03 UTC
Internet Explorer France has echoed calls by the German government for web users to find an alternative to Microsoft's Internet Explorer to protect security. Certa, a government agency that oversees cyber threats, warned against using all versions of the web browser.
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RE: Comment by Kroc
by Bryan on Mon 18th Jan 2010 20:00 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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That manager certainly isn't very convincing--it's painfully clear he's a PR flack and not someone who's at all informed on the issue. (Microsoft's UK managers seem to have demonstrated an above average ability for putting there foot in their mouths. There was that thing about comparing Win7 to the Mac a few months ago, and I vaguely recall something else earlier last year that I can't quite place.)

Still I think it's overreaching to say Microsoft doesn't give a damn about security. The vulnerability does exist in all major versions, but DEP and Protected Mode do neutralize any attacks at this point, and it's going to be far harder to contruct an effective exploit against browsers in which those are enabled. That's not spin, but simply the defense in depth strategy doing what it's supposed to do: provide additional layers of protection when one fails.

http://blogs.technet.com/srd/archive/2010/01/15/assessing-risk-of-i...

Clearly this is a serious issue, and IE6 users (as well as IE7 users on XP) need to take immediate action, whether that's upgrading, switching, or implementing the suggesting mitigations (enable DEP, and/or disable Javascript). But a blanket statement from governments that all IE users need to switch just seems like needless fearmongering, akin to when the US government told everyone to go out and buy plastic tarp and duct tape. The BSI, in particular, seems to be prone to kneejerk reactions:

http://mashable.com/2008/09/07/germany-google/

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