We live in a topsy-turvy world. The very pillars of capitalism are shaking, shadowy wars grip the world, and now Apple has pulled out of Macworld Expo. So now, more than ever, it’s good to know that there are a handful of things on which we can always rely: Internet Explorer has a critical security flaw, and users are being advised to switch to another browser until it’s patched. Or, if they simply want to use the web without hating themselves and all life.
The BBC reports:
Microsoft says it has detected attacks against IE 7.0 but said the “underlying vulnerability” was present in all versions of the browser.
Other browsers, such as Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Safari, are not vulnerable to the flaw Microsoft has identified.
“In this case, hackers found the hole before Microsoft did,” said Rick Ferguson, senior security advisor at Trend Micro. “This is never a good thing.”
As many as 10,000 websites have been compromised since the vulnerability was discovered, he said.
This vulnerability—which MS itself says may be in all versions of its browser—simply requires a user to visit a page which contains the malicious code: the user does not have to click on a link, install software, or confirm anything.
Windows users can switch to any number of great browsers, such as Mozilla’s Firefox, Apple’s Safari for Windows, or Google Chrome. Mac users who are still using Internet Explorer are advised to start punching themselves immediately and to not stop until they lose consciousness.
Read [BBC.com] and then talk loudly about it in Starbucks.