Another Critical IE Flaw Found
Security researchers are pointing out a newly reported security hole in Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser that attackers could use to assume control over Windows PCs just by convincing users to visit a specially crafted Web page.
Researcher Tom Ferris brought the matter to Microsoft's attention Aug. 14. Ferris says the flaw can definitely be used to crash IE, and almost certainly can be exploited to take over vulnerable Windows machines.
According to an advisory posted by French security group FrSirt -- a.ka. "K-OTik" -- the flaw is present in virtually every version of Internet Explorer.
A Microsoft spokesperson said the company is not aware of any Windows users being attacked as a result of the flaw, and that Microsoft is "aggressively investigating the report. Upon completion of this investigation, Microsoft will of course take the appropriate action to help protect our customers. This may include providing a security update through our monthly release process or providing an out-of-cycle security update, depending on customer needs."
Opera is free if you want to view small ads in the upper corner of the browser, though you can pay a small fee and register the product if you want those ads to go away. But today, however, Opera is celebrating its 10th birthday, and is offering a free registration code for the full (no ads) version of the browser for anyone who visits their site and clicks on the "Go Free Now" button and enters their e-mail address (which it doesn't appear to verify). I can't seem to find anywhere on the site that says how long this offer is going to last, so if you are interested, you probably shouldn't delay. The site is a bit slow as of this writing, so I'm guessing a lot of people are jumping at the offer.
August 30, 2005; 2:02 PM ET
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