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[5]: Comment by Kroc
by nt_jerkface on Tue 19th Jan 2010 02:22 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Kroc"
nt_jerkface
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2009-08-26

The particular exploit which this is all about affects almost all versions of IE and Windows.

Here's a better link:
http://blogs.technet.com/srd/archive/2010/01/15/assessing-risk-of-i...

As you can see it's only exploitable in IE6.

You linked to an article by SJVN who is a well known ABMr that could care less about providing a honest assessment of the situation.

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RE[6]: Comment by Kroc
by lemur2 on Tue 19th Jan 2010 03:58 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Kroc"
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2007-02-17

"The particular exploit which this is all about affects almost all versions of IE and Windows.
Here's a better link: http://blogs.technet.com/srd/archive/2010/01/15/assessing-risk-of-i... As you can see it's only exploitable in IE6. You linked to an article by SJVN who is a well known ABMr that could care less about providing a honest assessment of the situation. "

The exploit code example that was released only affects XP and IE6. The security hole that was exploited exists in IE6, IE7 and IE8, on most versions of Windows.

SJVN might well be an ABMr just as you are an anti-freedomer, but nevertheless when he indicated which versions of IE and Windows were vulnerable, SJVN was only quoting Microsoft themselves.

To be exact, according to Microsoft, the same security hole is in IE6, IE7 and IE8 on Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Server 2008, Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 are vulnerable to attack.


Edited 2010-01-19 04:01 UTC

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RE[7]: Comment by Kroc
by nt_jerkface on Tue 19th Jan 2010 08:23 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Kroc"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26


SJVN might well be an ABMr just as you are an anti-freedomer, but nevertheless when he indicated which versions of IE and Windows were vulnerable, SJVN was only quoting Microsoft themselves.


He left out this little tidbit from the report:

At this time, we are aware of limited, targeted attacks attempting to use this vulnerability against Internet Explorer 6. We have not seen attacks against other versions of Internet Explorer.


Just because a vulnerability exists doesn't mean that it can used to takeover a system. His article is deceptive in that it makes it sound like all IE users are under threat of attack. It's alarmist with the intent of switching users to non-Microsoft systems.

As for me being an "anti-freedomer" I don't buy into Stallman's newspeak definition of freedom so that means nothing to me. I measure software based on utility which puts me at odds with FOSS advocates since I don't value software in Stallman's moral terms.

Oh and this was posted from Chrome.

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