Thanks to a recent security vulnerability discovery, the German government’s Federal Office for Information Security, has advised users to use alternative web browsers until Microsoft fixes the issue, “a fast spreading of the code has to be feared.”, said BSI.
Meanwhile, Yunsun Wee, Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing spokesperson, said the the software giant is working on a fix and it should be available in the next few days.
Internet Explorer 10 is not affected.
Thanks to some clever engineering, a new attack has reportedly affected computers running IE7, IE8 and IE8 running on Windows XP, Vista and 7 machines.
According to the recent report, by utilizing Adobe’s Flash Player to conduct a “heap spray” and bypass Windows ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization) protection, attackers have delivered “Poison Ivy” Trojan to unsuspecting victims.
Recently, Google has released a new stable build of its desktop web browser, which includes a new sandbox architecture.
Now, the search giant has shared some good news with its Android users as they too will be receiving a new build that strengthens web browser’s security.
According to the recent blog post, Chrome for Android sandbox was improved due to the multi-process architecture and Android’s User ID isolation technology.
Following the competitors, Google has finally started implementing a much requested and widely anticipated, “Do Not Track” feature.
According to one of the Google’s spokesmen, the search giant has “undertook to honor an agreement on DNT that the industry reached with the White House early this year. To that end we’re making this setting visible in our Chromium developer channel, so that it will be available in upcoming versions of Chrome by year’s end.”
Well, here is an unexpected move. If you were hoping to see 12.50 Final later this year, prepare to see a new branch first. Why? It looks like the Norwegian browser maker has renamed its internal version of the Opera 12.50 web browser and released it as Opera 12.10 Beta RC.
Unfortunately, unlike their previous releases, the following build is pretty much unusable. With HWA enabled, Opera 12.10 will crash when loading Facebook, the scaling is completely broken, making it annoying to zoom in/out of various web pages and images. In addition to that, WordPress “Post New” HTML section is completely broken with lots of annoyances and crashes when using “Visual” view.
Apache HTTP Server, a software that is widely used by more than 600 million web sites (that’s about 60% percent of the http client market share), has recently issued a patch, which overrides Internet Explorer’s DNT setting.
What does it mean? It means that the majority of all the web sites will ignore the Do Not Track setting by default.
The patch’s author, Adobe employee Roy T. Fielding, has said the following:
Following the release of the Safari 6 web browser, which targets only Apple’s own operating system, the browser ballot screen has been updated as well.
As it turns out, Maxthon has since replaced Safari and now appears in the top 5 list.
On a related note, Windows 8 browser ballot screen has just arrived via Windows Update.
Fix what’s broken.
Just yesterday, I have encountered a strange issue with the release preview version of the Internet Explorer 10. For some strange reason, it won’t copy or paste data from or to the web site.
Thankfully, I have found a cause and a simple way to fix that.