Microsoft released a patch for Internet Explorer designed to close three critical holes in the browser, including one that paved the way for the Download.Ject Trojan horse.
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Microsoft's "critical" security bulletins target holes in the Windows HTML Help system and the Task Scheduler. Still, researchers warn of new IE vulnerabilities.
The other day I attended the Chat with the Internet Explorer team. While I found it interesting and the fact that Microsoft is opening itself up more to the public by allowing developers to blog and allowing more public exposure at their conferences I will say I was very disappointed in the chat. Microsoft totally ignored the issues and the questions that really mattered were deflected and basically passed on for something more that Microsoft wanted to talk about.
Microsoft Corp.'s effort last week to fix a vulnerability in the Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser program and end the latest series of Internet attacks doesn't address another closely related and dangerous vulnerability, according to a security specialist.
While corporate users are worried about security holes, they often rely on internal apps and Web sites that only work within Microsoft's dominant browser.
A Trojan horse program installed through malicious pop-up windows can capture normally encrypted financial information from victims' computers, security researchers warned on Tuesday.
The new version of Internet Explorer in Longhorn 4051 is version 6.05.4051.0. Even though Longhorn is many years away (if ever!) the folks at Microsoft have realized that people want more from their browser, due to popularity of the competition, ex. Mozilla. UPDATE: Longhorn 4051 review.
Microsoft on Tuesday said it was looking into reports of a potential bug in its Web browser that could help malicious hackers design convincing Web site spoofs. On other browser news, Opera 7.23 for Linux was released.
Web developers want to light a fire under Microsoft to get better standards support in the company's Internet Explorer browser, but they can't seem to spark a flame. Elsewhere, Eolas Technologies, which has the rights to a browser plug-in patent, has filed a motion to permanently stop Microsoft distributing Internet Explorer browsers that infringe the patent.
Microsoft has suffered another legal setback in the patent dispute with software developer Eolas and is now advising developers on workarounds, as new details emerge of its plans to tweak Internet Explorer.
Today it was reported that IE6's global usage share continues to rise. Internet Explorer 6 has shown a fast adoptation rate with a global usage share of 66.3% and it has a total global usage share of 95.4%.
Some experts say Microsoft's plan to integrate Internet Explorer into the operating system may bring "unwelcome side effects" and drive customers into the arms of the competition.
WinInformant informs us that Microsoft will be intergrating Internet Explorer to the OS from now on, instead of offering it as a standalone application.
Microsoft Corp., bowing to federal government demands, will make it easier for computer users to substitute rival Web browsers for the company's Internet Explorer, people familiar with the matter said.
Microsoft has issued two security advisories for widespread products: the Internet Explorer browser and Windows XP. The patch posted Wednesday points to a "critical" flaw in several versions of IE, regardless of the version of the Windows operating system it runs under. Microsoft also issued an alert regarding a less severe problem with Windows XP.
According to Mozillazine, IE for UNIX has been discontinued by Microsoft. There's no details other than the removal of links from Microsoft's UNIX page, but the direct link to the download page still works.
Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is the most recent version of the Internet Explorer 6 core technologies in most Windows OSes.Total download size for a typical installation is approximately 25 MB. However, because setup downloads only those files that are necessary for your computer, this size can vary between 11 and 75 MB. In the beset case, users who have already applied the WindowsXP SP1, might only need to download a few KBs.
Netscape browsers have continued to lose market share at a steady clip, falling to a new low of 3.4 percent as of this week, according to new figures. A year ago, Netscape's market share stood at 13 percent, but fell steeply to 7 percent by March, as IE 6 gained popularity. IE has now reached 96 percent market penetration, according to StatMarket, up from 87 percent a year ago. Mozilla gained some market share when it finally reached a 1.0 release earlier this year, but browsers such as Mozilla and Opera still only accounted for less than 1 percent of the market, StatMarket said.
The IE problem has been around for at least five years and could allow an attacker to intercept credit card and/or personl data when a user is making a purchase. Konqueror also had the same problem, but Waldo Bastian fixed the problem 95 minutes after it was reported. You can get the fixed Konqueror version from the KDE CVS, or if you wait for KDE 3.03 next week. Read about the IE flaw at ZDNews.
Microsoft yesterday released a new beta build 2800.1067 of Internet Explorer 6.0 Service Pack 1 to its set of external testers. The email sent to testers states that this new beta build includes all IE 6 security patches up to and including the security patch released on May 15th which addresses Microsoft Security Bulletin MS02-023. The report was found at ActiveWin.