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Use FireFox and Not Internet Explorer - CURRENT CODE PROB.
From another board that I visit. Please ignore this if you use Mozilla/Firefox/Opera/Konq or any other non-Internet Explorer browser.
If you do use Internet Explorer, download Firefox as it has less vulnerability than Internet Explorer - Here's the link, and yes, it's free - http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/
From someone on the board I visit that is knowledgeable about these types of things:
"Internet explorer has had the most exploits found for it of any browser. THAT is the reason that you shouldn't use it-- not because the other browsers look cooler, or because you like your Microsoft. You should switch because you are almost constantly vulnerable to exploits.
In the time it took me to post this (and with almost the same amount of effort) I could have taken over your computer just by you viewing this post.
Its not a game, people. At work? An attacker would be on your work computer right now... hope you don't have any sensitive information on there...
I'm not trying to scare you...wait...actually i AM trying to scare you. Data is important, whether you think so or not. It is becomming INCREASINGLY important for people to learn about this stuff-- at least to the point where u can minimize your risk.
The sad thing is, although this is BIG news in the technology field, chances that it'll make waves in major news outlets remain small.
Anyways, thats my rant. People are gonna do what they want to do anyway. But maybe this helped opened someone's eyes.
More information here: http://secunia.com/advisories/21910/
and, no, your virus scanner cant pick it up. its not a virus-- its an exploit. A coding error by microsoft developers."
By Joris Evers, CNET News.com
Computer code that could be used to hijack Windows PCs via a yet-to-be-patched Internet Explorer flaw has been posted on the Net, experts have warned.
The code was published on public Web sites, where it is accessible to miscreants who might use it to craft attacks on vulnerable Windows computers. Microsoft is investigating the issue, the company representative said in a statement on Thursday in the US.
"Microsoft's initial investigation reveals that this exploit code could allow an attacker to execute memory corruption," the representative said. As a workaround to protect against potential attacks, Microsoft suggests Windows users disable ActiveX and active scripting controls.
The flaw is due to an error in an ActiveX control related to multimedia features and could be exploited by viewing a rigged Web page, Symantec said in an alert sent to users of its DeepSight security intelligence service on Thursday. An attacker could commandeer a Windows PC or cause IE to crash, the security company said.
IE versions 5.01 and 6 on all current versions of Windows are affected, the French Security Incident Response Team, or FrSIRT, a security-monitoring company, said in an alert on Wednesday. FrSIRT deems the issue "critical," its most serious rating. Microsoft noted that Windows 2003 running Enhanced Security Configuration is not affected.
Upon completion of its investigation, Microsoft may issue a patch for the flaw as part of its monthly release process, the company said. Microsoft is not aware of any attacks that attempt to exploit the new IE vulnerability at this time, it said.
The warning of the new flaw comes only days after Microsoft released its September patches. On Tuesday it released three updates, two for Windows and one for Office. The software maker also released a third version of an Internet Explorer fix after it botched the first two versions of the patch.
In recent months, word of new attacks has repeatedly followed shortly after "Patch Tuesday." Some experts believe the timing of the new attack is no coincidence, suggesting that attackers look to take advantage of a full month before Microsoft is scheduled to release its next bunch of fixes.