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Security flaw in Internet Explorer ? [message #376667] Thu, 18 December 2008 04:05 Go to next message
rajavu1
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A serious security flaw is found in Internet Explorer today and everybody is been advised by 'MICROSOFT' not to use Internet Explorer for any confidential banking transactions until the new patch is released.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7784908.stm


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Re: Security flaw in Internet Explorer ? [message #376671 is a reply to message #376667] Thu, 18 December 2008 04:14 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Michel Cadot
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Do you plan to create a new topic for each security alert in IE?
You have to know there is several each month.

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Re: Security flaw in Internet Explorer ? [message #376672 is a reply to message #376667] Thu, 18 December 2008 04:18 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Yeah .. This is Critical.

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Re: Security flaw in Internet Explorer ? [message #376674 is a reply to message #376672] Thu, 18 December 2008 04:20 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Michel Cadot
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Also the patch is already available, I installed it a couple of hours ago.

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Re: Security flaw in Internet Explorer ? [message #376720 is a reply to message #376672] Thu, 18 December 2008 06:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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rajavu1
Yeah .. This is Critical.

Aren't they all?
Re: Security flaw in Internet Explorer ? [message #376755 is a reply to message #376720] Thu, 18 December 2008 08:07 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I guess it's important as 56.7 % of visits to this site are from users using Internet Explorer (November 2008's stats).

Firefox was a good second with 34 % of the hits.

Personally I would recommend installing Firefox instead. It's a great, free, open source browser. It feels faster than IE and has a better security track record.
Re: Security flaw in Internet Explorer ? [message #376762 is a reply to message #376755] Thu, 18 December 2008 08:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Michel Cadot
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Unfortunatly IE is often (always in my case) installed on entreprise workstation and it is forbidden to install new validated products.
In my current customer it is even IE6.

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Re: Security flaw in Internet Explorer ? [message #376770 is a reply to message #376762] Thu, 18 December 2008 09:09 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Frank
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Are you able to use thumbdrives? (=memorystick)
If I recall correctly, FF is runnable from such a device, which means you do not need to "install" anything on your local machine.

[Edit: on second thought.. If this is the same employer/company that forces you to use an 80-column screen, I fear there is not much chance for you]

[Updated on: Thu, 18 December 2008 09:10]

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Re: Security flaw in Internet Explorer ? [message #376771 is a reply to message #376770] Thu, 18 December 2008 09:11 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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No, USB and other external ports are locked.

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Re: Security flaw in Internet Explorer ? [message #376772 is a reply to message #376770] Thu, 18 December 2008 09:13 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Michel Cadot
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Quote:
[Edit: on second thought.. If this is the same employer/company that forces you to use an 80-column screen, I fear there is not much chance for you]

Yes, this is the one that combining my eyes and its screen resolution does not allow me to see more than 100 columns width. Sad

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Michel
Re: Security flaw in Internet Explorer ? [message #376780 is a reply to message #376667] Thu, 18 December 2008 09:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Mahesh Rajendran
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>>everybody is been advised by 'MICROSOFT' not to use Internet Explorer
Took that advise long back.
Applied same for the OS (unless the "business" dictates it) also and switched to fedora/Mac.
Now, life is much better in Ubuntu/Mac land.

Re: Security flaw in Internet Explorer ? [message #376812 is a reply to message #376780] Thu, 18 December 2008 12:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Barbara Boehmer
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I am a little confused and suspicious and don't know if what I have been encountering is related or not. Beginning yesterday and continuing so far today, when I try to go to yahoo as usual:

http://www.yahoo.com/

using Firefox, not Internet Explorer, I get a screen that says:

"Microsoft Security Center
Alert : Your computer have been attacked by spyware or viruses!
Please download AntiSpyware to fix.
Download AntiSpyware Now"

It looks to me more like Yahoo has been hacked and I am not about to download anything. Do the rest of you know anything about this?

Also, unfortunately there are many sites that can only be accessed using Internet Explorer. I just paid my water bill online yesterday and the only way to access that site is using Internet Explorer.

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Re: Security flaw in Internet Explorer ? [message #376816 is a reply to message #376812] Thu, 18 December 2008 12:20 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Frank
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I'm afraid this is your computer acting up (unless there's a hacked proxy in between).
Sounds like you've caught a phony alerter. Does it hint you where to go looking for that AntiSpyware?
Re: Security flaw in Internet Explorer ? [message #376818 is a reply to message #376812] Thu, 18 December 2008 12:33 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I would install AdBlock Plus extension in FireFox and you will not see that bogus advert anymore.
Re: Security flaw in Internet Explorer ? [message #376822 is a reply to message #376818] Thu, 18 December 2008 13:04 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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As Joy said,
adblock plus, flashblock and noscript will take care of lots of nuisance.
And for those whore are interested,
resizeable textarea ( is use it mainly when posting in orafaq ).
control-tab and fancynumbered tabs are for folks using tabbed windows.
Re: Security flaw in Internet Explorer ? [message #376832 is a reply to message #376822] Thu, 18 December 2008 14:39 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Barbara Boehmer
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I have been running norton 360 for over a year, so it surprises me that something like this got by and has not been cleaned up, if that is what it is. Can everyone else get to the yahoo home page besides me? The part of the notice that says "download antisyware now" is a link, but I am not about to click on that.
Re: Security flaw in Internet Explorer ? [message #376835 is a reply to message #376832] Thu, 18 December 2008 16:10 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Barbara Boehmer
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I upgraded my Norton 360, ran a complete scan in the process, restarted as per instructions, and now I can get the Yahoo home page without any fake Microsoft warnings.
Re: Security flaw in Internet Explorer ? [message #377068 is a reply to message #376771] Fri, 19 December 2008 15:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Michel Cadot wrote on Fri, 19 December 2008 02:11
No, USB and other external ports are locked.

Regards
Michel



I'm staggered that you are allowed to use the Internet!!!!

Anyway, that explains why Michel spends so much time here; it's because his employer has restricted his PC to the point that he can't do any actual work Wink
Re: Security flaw in Internet Explorer ? [message #377069 is a reply to message #376835] Fri, 19 December 2008 16:04 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Barbara Boehmer wrote on Fri, 19 December 2008 09:10
I upgraded my Norton 360, ran a complete scan in the process, restarted as per instructions, and now I can get the Yahoo home page without any fake Microsoft warnings.


Check out AVG Anti Virus and Spybot Search and Destroy. Absolutely free and full-featured. I've been using AVG for over 6 years and couldn't be happier with its performance. The free version of AVG doesn't include a spyware scanner so I also use Spybot, which is adequate but a bit heavy-handed on my old steam-powered P3 for a couple of minutes when I first login.
Re: Security flaw in Internet Explorer ? [message #377071 is a reply to message #377069] Fri, 19 December 2008 17:03 Go to previous message
Barbara Boehmer
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I used to use both Spybot and Adaware on my old pc, along with McAfee and still had some problems. I have been pretty happy with Norton 360. Every now and then I notice a problem, like the one I had the other day, but it goes away shortly. I think what happens is something new slips through before it is commonly known and protected against. As soon as Norton is updated to protect against it, I receive the automated update, and it is fixed. So, I expect that if I had done nothing, it would have been fixed shortly. Doing what I did just fixed it faster. I had been ignoring an upgrade notice for a while just because I didn't want to take the time to do it, so I finally got it out of the way. I find that if you try to run too many things at once, like McAfee and Norton and Spybot and Adaware and the stuff that Microsoft does automatically, they have conflicts, and try to disable one another. I find I am better off sticking to one.



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