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Security Risk for Internet Explorer
« on: April 28, 2014, 12:10:08 PM »
Just throwing this article out there for anyone that uses Internet Explorer as their primary browser, since I just came across it.

US Department of Homeland Security warns of Internet Explorer vulnerability

Offline inghippo

Re: Security Risk for Internet Explorer
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2014, 12:33:27 PM »
yes, 8 april 2014 Microsoft interrupts the support for windows xp.
This means no more update for windows xp.
Internet explorer 6 was native windows xp so no more updates for ie6.

Anyway internet explorer 6 is not more a safe browser from 10 years.
My suggestion is to use another browser like, google chrome, firefox, safari or opera.

for more info why ie6 is a bad browser

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Re: Security Risk for Internet Explorer
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2014, 01:04:22 PM »
Does just having IE open make you at risk or do you actually have to visit a compromised website in order to be truelly at risk? One of my friends was concerned that just having IE on his computer put him at risk. Neither one of us use IE to browse and if we do probably just for a few minutes on a trusted website.

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Re: Security Risk for Internet Explorer
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2014, 01:50:54 PM »
Apparently XP will be included too in the IE patch coming tonight.  :-) They must have sensed it would be too blunt, and too bad PR, to simply leave the gazillions of XP users out of this.

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Re: Security Risk for Internet Explorer
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2014, 01:54:35 PM »
Does just having IE open make you at risk or do you actually have to visit a compromised website in order to be truelly at risk? One of my friends was concerned that just having IE on his computer put him at risk. Neither one of us use IE to browse and if we do probably just for a few minutes on a trusted website.

You'd have to visit a compromised page, or at least a page where you click on compromised material hotlinked from a hacked site. Simply surfing around E, your local newspaper, Youtube, your local train network, Walmart and Ebay, major news providers, your ISP's home site and so on (and communicating in those places) should be no risk whatsoever.
« Last Edit: May 01, 2014, 01:55:56 PM by gaggedLouise »

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Re: Security Risk for Internet Explorer
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2014, 03:21:47 PM »
yes, 8 april 2014 Microsoft interrupts the support for windows xp.
This means no more update for windows xp.
Internet explorer 6 was native windows xp so no more updates for ie6.

Anyway internet explorer 6 is not more a safe browser from 10 years.
My suggestion is to use another browser like, google chrome, firefox, safari or opera.

for more info why ie6 is a bad browser

Actually, the IE that came with Windows XP could be upgraded to at least version 8.  Been there, did that.  Don't get me wrong - IE sucks, and is best used to download another browser, but stating that there are 'no updates for IE 6' is factually incorrect.  There were IE 7 and IE 8.  IE 9 has a 32-bit mode, as does IE 10, but I'm not sure XP had the system resources to handle them.

Offline Vekseid

Re: Security Risk for Internet Explorer
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2014, 03:36:54 PM »
Does just having IE open make you at risk or do you actually have to visit a compromised website in order to be truelly at risk? One of my friends was concerned that just having IE on his computer put him at risk. Neither one of us use IE to browse and if we do probably just for a few minutes on a trusted website.

This depends on the vector. If it's via images (which has happened to IE before), then someone could get infected when inevitably some place someone hotlinked an image from gets hijacked.

Given that the vulnerability is apparently due to Microsoft's vml implementation... it would be quite possible for this to occur if someone replaced images on a hijacked site.

This is why we appreciate when people alert us to 'bad site' notifications.