Saturday, December 03, 2005

Another Unpatched IE Flaw

If. for some reason, you are one of the 30% of the people reading this blog who still use Internet Explorer, you might want to look at this: Microsoft Issues Warning About Unpatched IE Flaw. No, it's not deja vu all over again, it's another bug:

The company said users browsing the Web with IE could infect their computers with a Trojan horse if they visit certain Web sites that are known to be exploiting the flaw, though it didn't specify what those sites are.

Why do I, a semi-known Linux user and closet Mac freak, keep telling you about Windows and IE bugs? Because they affect non-Windows users as well (read the comment by the weasel), and this, from The Register:

Consider an analogy on the size of modern malicious code: if Windows XP were the size of the Empire State Building, then the little barking Beagle virus - the size of a small dog - can come in through the front door, lift its leg, deliver its payload, and somehow cause the entire building to come crumbling down. Or, Beagle can simply hold the door open automatically, so that a large cement truck can drive in and deliver its mystery payload to the base of the operating system as required.

Oh, and if you are an IE user looking for an alternative, Firefox version 1.5 is out.