Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Jan 2010 22:00 UTC
Internet Explorer Ah, the security vulnerability that was used in the Google attack. It's been around the internet about a million times now, and even governments have started advising people to move away from Internet Explorer. As is usually the case, however, the internet has really blown the vulnerability out of proportion. I'll get right to it: if your machine and/or network has been compromised via this vulnerability, then you most likely had it coming. No sympathy for you.
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Comment by Chris Nillissen
by Chris Nillissen on Tue 19th Jan 2010 00:13 UTC
Chris Nillissen
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2009-05-04

I think Thom's analogy is a bit off. A better one would be likening being killed in an older car without airbags when a newer car with air bags would have saved your life.

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RE: Comment by Chris Nillissen
by jack_perry on Tue 19th Jan 2010 01:56 in reply to "Comment by Chris Nillissen"
jack_perry Member since:
2005-07-06

Even that's a bit off, I think. It's more like being engulfed in flames because your car had a poorly built fuel tank, and the company wanted to charge you hundreds of dollars to fix it.

Once we get the story straight, it becomes clear that Thom's analogy works quite against his argument. My son just happened to tell me the other day that his school uses Windows 2000 on classroom computers. Thom implies that it's close to irrelevantland, but I've got good money that says they're using IE6. Any takers?

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Even that's a bit off, I think. It's more like being engulfed in flames because your car had a poorly built fuel tank, and the company wanted to charge you hundreds of dollars to fix it.


MS isn't trying to make money by fixing IE6. They've told companies to upgrade to a newer version.

As I pointed out before there was no need for Google to connect to the internet with IE6. You can keep an instance of IE6 for testing or old activex apps while having an alternative browser for internet surfing.

This is another case of cheapskate companies refusing to spend money on old systems. I've seen this crap so many times. I know of a very large pharm company that uses IE6 on all the workstations because it works with google and they don't want to spend a dime on support unless something breaks.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Just think of the number of pointy-click script kiddies that school could kick out. That network sounds like some serious fun for any budding pentesters. I just hope the computer teacher is open to self directed learning as ours was back in the day.

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