Among the patches Microsoft released on Patch Tuesday this week is
yet another cumulative rollup for the company’s Internet Explorer
But an IE flaw that’s been present at least since 2004 is still unpatched,
because Microsoft never released a patch for IE 6 and allowed the flaw to
remain in IE 7.
In my July 12
column, I discussed a flaw in IE that was exposed installing
Now the tables have turned and the opposite is true with the latest
releases of Firefox and IE 7.
Even after all I’ve seen in this business of computers, every once in a
while I come across something that surprises me.
Learning about a flaw in IE that could prevent you from leaving a Web
page was one of those times.
Here’s something I thought I’d never see — installing Firefox
actually makes Internet Explorer even more insecure.
Depending upon whom you talk to, it’s either IE or Firefox that
has the real problem.
While Firefox is my Web browser of choice, I still realize that it isn’t 100%
Any piece of software that is even remotely popular is going to have hackers
going over it trying to find ways to exploit it for their purposes
— and that’s led to a Firefox hole you should plug.
This Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has once again fixed several
flaws in IE — but, as usual, there are other holes still unpatched.
As discovered earlier this month, IE is wide open to a pretty severe cross-domain
flaw that can allow a hacker to do just about anything to your computer.
The complexity of the Windows operating system makes it
easier for bugs and flaws to creep in during its development.
If you’re not careful to protect yourself against this, your computer could
be turned against you.
Microsoft patched a lot of vulnerabilities this month, but there are still a few issues with Internet Explorer that need our immediate attention.
This week, I’ll tell you how to protect yourself against dangerous .doc files and phishing attacks.
Although some missing patches are more important than others, and some
have lain undiscovered for years, none of them should be ignored.
This week, flaws in MS Word and Internet Explorer could cause you trouble.
Here’s how to avoid system upset.
We’re barely out of the gate after this month’s scheduled release of patches
from Microsoft, and we’re now faced with another zero-day exploit.
The exploit has already been used in a few attacks, so the race is on to
create a patch before hackers make those attacks more widespread.