Back in January, German government urged users to start using Firefox instead of Internet Explorer.
Well, due to security vulnerabilities (that were fixed in Firefox 3.6.2), they asked users to stop using Firefox as well, at least until patch is released.
So here you have it: start using Firefox, then stop, and now… Start using it again…
Thanks to Daniel Hendrycks and Ichann for the news tip.
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Thanks to Daniel Hendrycks for links.
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Thanks to mabdul and Nox for links.
In the upcoming Pwn2Own contest, hackers will be trying to “pwn” Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Apple Safari web browsers. Competition will be active for three days, with a total cash prize pool of $40 000, where each target is worth $10 000.
Contestants will be trying to exploit:
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Thansk to Gala and mabdul for links.
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Thanks to mabdul and Nox for links.
After promising to fix Internet Explorer „Aurora“ security vunlerability as soon as possible, Microsoft kept its promises and released patch earlier today.
You may download it from the following page for IE5, 6, 7 and 8.
Here is an interesting thing: Maxthon browser (IE based) has „fixed“ the very same vunlerability yesterday with the following claim: „Maxthon Beats Microsoft to the Punch Creating Barrier to Zero-day Attacks“. Which prevented uses to get tricked into Aurora trap.
Picture Source: Maxthon
As anticipation for Internet Explorer 6 security fix grows, Microsoft has decided to go “out of band” and release it as a standalone patch.
Here’s what company had to say about this:
“Given the significant level of attention this issue has generated, confusion about what customers can do to protect themselves and the escalating threat environment Microsoft will release a security update out-of-band for this vulnerability.
We take the decision to go out-of-band very seriously given the impact to customers, but we believe releasing an update out-of-band update is the right decision at this time. We will provide the specific timing of the release tomorrow.”
Microsoft also recommended customers upgrade to Internet Explorer 8 and benefit from improved security protection.
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After German Federal Office for Information Security warned users to use browser other than Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, 7 or 8, the French Computer Emergency Response Team is now advising the same.
In statement, it says: “pending a patch from the publisher, CERT recommends using an alternative browser.”
Microsoft’s spokesman in Germany said: “there is no threat to the general user, consequently we do not support this warning,”
Warnings come after recent IE vulnerability, which was one of the key factors, in the recent attacks on Google’s systems.