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Hackers exploit 0-day: Kick IE to the curb or catch a nasty Poison Ivy itch?

Do you use Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8 or 9? If so, then you might catch a nasty itch since malicious hackers are using the IE browsers to install the Poison Ivy Trojan—malware that can steal data or take remote control of PCs. Microsoft has a workaround, but some security experts advise users to kick IE to the curb until Microsoft issues a patch.
Submitted by Ms. Smith on Tue, 09/18/12 - 2:52pm.

Do you use Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8 or 9? If so, then you might catch a nasty itch since malicious hackers are using those IE browsers "to install the Poison Ivy Trojan—malware that can steal data or take remote control of PCs," the BBC warned. This new zero-day can potentially infect "hundreds of millions" of IE browsers.

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Add-on lets IE6 apps live forever

Browsium replicates IE6 engine to run apps in IE8/9
Submitted by Robert Mullins on Tue, 03/15/11 - 9:57pm.

Note: this post has been updated.

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Pwn2Own 2011: Hackers Shame Safari and IE8 on Day One

The big surprise is not that IE8 or Safari were shamed, it's that no one tried to topple Chrome and Google's offer to pay an additional $20,000 to the first hacker to crack that browser.
Submitted by Ms. Smith on Thu, 03/10/11 - 12:58pm.

Well it's March and time for the fifth annual Pwn2Own hacker challenge at CanSecWest security conference. The big surprise is not that IE8 or Safari were shamed on day one, it's that no one took on Chrome and Google's offer to pay an additional $20,000 to the first hacker to crack that browser.

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Microsoft beat up, then defended over ancient IE8 zero-day

The strange story of how and when a Google researcher disclosed an IE bug
Submitted by Microsoft Subnet on Tue, 09/07/10 - 7:46pm.

The war between security researchers (particularly from Google) and Microsoft is heating up, again, over an old bug in IE8 that was reportedly disclosed to Microsoft years ago. Once again, it seems like there aren't any good guys looking out for the users. On Friday, Google security researcher Chris Evans, in a fit of frustration over what he said was Microsoft's lack of action, posted a link to proof-of-concept code for the bug to the Full Disclosure mailing list.

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IPv6 Enabled Web Browsers

Know where you are going and with which IP version before you get there
Submitted by Scott Hogg on Sat, 07/24/10 - 1:22pm.

One way to get your browser to navigate to an IPv6-capable web site is to simply enter the IPv6 address of the web server into the browser's address bar. IETF RFC 2732, Format for Literal IPv6 Addresses in URL's, which is updated by IETF RFC 3986, Uniform Resource Identifier (URI): Generic Syntax, defines the syntax that should be used when entering an IPv6 address directly. The format typically looks something like http://[2001:db8:100:200::1234]/.

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IE8 and Chrome Are Killing Firefox

With all of its add-ons, is Firefox facing a crisis in performance and identity?
Submitted by Dustin Puryear on Wed, 07/14/10 - 5:12pm.

I used to love Firefox. I’m an old Linux user that ran Mozilla on the Red Hat Linux desktop that kept me efficient while I was working for a dot-com before the bust. Back then I had to manage a Windows and Linux network with some AIX thrown in, so being able to run Linux was a life-saver, and having a decent browser like Mozilla didn’t hurt.

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Microsoft to fix broken IE security, warns of hole in WS 2000 and kills a Forefront product

After Blackhat demo showed IE's own security creating a giant hole, Microsoft promises a fix in June.
Submitted by Microsoft Subnet on Wed, 04/21/10 - 7:45pm.

Microsoft says that a hole demonstrated at Blackhat EU last week against IE will be patched in June. The demonstration involves the IE XSS Filter and a new way to attack a hole that was disclosed and patched in January (with patch MS10-002). The company also today advised Windows 2000 Server users of a critical hole in Windows Media Services.

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IE8 has blocked over 560 million malware sites: how many were legit?

Browser makers could do better than blocking the URL when a malware ad is to blame.
Submitted by Microsoft Subnet on Fri, 04/09/10 - 5:40pm.

Since its launch, Internet Explorer 8 has blocked access to over 560 million sites that it determined were serving malware, or about 3 million blocks per day, said Brandon LeBlanc in a blog post on Friday. However, it is unclear how many of those sites were legitimate, duped into serving malware laced ads, sent to them from their ad network.

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What to make of the hacker who broke IE8 in two minutes

Will every Microsoft security improvement be matched by hackers?
Submitted by Robert Mullins on Thu, 03/25/10 - 11:37pm.

Some of you might have seen today's story by Gregg Keizer of our sister publication Computerworld headlined "Hacker busts IE8 on Windows 7 in two minutes" and may have asked the same question I asked.

Two minutes?

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Which browser is more secure IE8, Safari 4, Firefox 3.5, Chrome 4, or Opera 10?

Published results from security lab NSS Labs seems to indicate that IE8 does a really good job at socially-engineered malware protection.
Submitted by tyson.kopczynski on Wed, 03/17/10 - 1:45am.

About two weeks ago I saw a discussion thread on the GIAC Advisory Board that was entitled, “NSS report on browser security (is IE8 or FF more secure?)”. Intrigued, I flagged the discussion as something to read when I had time. Well… I got around to reading the thread and while the discussion wasn’t the flame war I had hoped, the source for the discussion was interesting enough that I decided to blog about it.

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Windows 7 and IE8 Slowness Problems Fixed

IE8 slowness was driving me crazy until I found a fix
Submitted by Scott Hogg on Fri, 10/09/09 - 11:57am.

Recently I upgraded to a new laptop running Windows 7 Enterprise and it came with IE8. The Ie8 browser was so incredibly slow it was unusable. However, I found a way to correct the problem. If you are having similar performance issues with IE8 you may find this information helpful for speeding up this bloated browser. Disabling Add-ons and installing the Google Chrome Frame plug-in may help you speed up IE8 to the level of "acceptable".

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Is A Ballot Screen For Choosing Your Browser Really Fair?

Internet Explorer is the incumbent browser, making the EUC's browser ballot screen more like a 2nd term re-election.
Submitted by Mitchell Ashley on Mon, 09/28/09 - 9:28am.

Microsoft's proposing to use something called a "ballot screen" that would require users chose which browser they would like to use. It's something akin to the default search engine chooser you're presented with the first time IE8 starts up. Great, one more install question we'll get to answer. But is it really fair that IE 8 will come, installed and ready to go with the OS, when other browsers must be downloaded and installed separately.

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Google Eating The Chrome Off Of IE8, Firefox Drinks Ribbon Menu Kool-Aid

Shouldn't your browser be the one speedy app on your computer that's easy to use?
Submitted by Mitchell Ashley on Mon, 09/28/09 - 8:57am.

It was mid last week when I installed the Google plugin for IE8 that replaces the web rendering and JavaScript engine with Google Chrome's WebKit and V8 engine respectively. Since I blogged about this last week, Microsoft's fired back balking because the plugin negates the private browsing feature in IE8 and makes the browser less secure by "running a browser within a browser".

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Microsoft: All I Have To Say Is 'Fix Your Browser'

If IE8 wasn't so dang slow, there wouldn't be an opportunity for Google to step in and solve the problem
Submitted by Mitchell Ashley on Fri, 09/25/09 - 9:00am.

The issue of Google's gutsy move to step in and solve IE8's performance problem is pretty short and sweet from my perspective. If IE8 wasn't such a slow pig of a brower, there wouldn't be an opportunity for Google to fix it by using Google's WebKit display engine. Plain and simple. IE8 was slow when it was in beta and its still SLOW today, one of the worst performing browsers on Windows... still.

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Microsoft pays for test that shows IE8 is most secure

IE8 is mighty strong against phishing sites, test finds.
Submitted by Microsoft Subnet on Fri, 08/14/09 - 3:24pm.

In a test of Internet Explorer 8's malware-blocking abilities, IE8 significantly bested the competitors. But then again, Microsoft paid for the test.

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EC decision expected to force IE to better support standards

Opera Software CTO says this would suit him fine.
Submitted by Microsoft Subnet on Fri, 07/24/09 - 6:49pm.

Opera Software is, as expected, preening over the expected forthcoming ballot box feature in Windows 7. When European Windows 7 users fire up their machines, the box will ask which browser they would like to install by default. This will put the Opera name in front of millions of users who probably never considered it. But that's not all.

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Microsoft bends: agrees to offer browser ballot option with Windows 7

As a bonus, the EC pressures Microsoft into better interopability with Office products
Submitted by Microsoft Subnet on Fri, 07/24/09 - 4:16pm.

Microsoft will be adding a ballet screen to European versions of Windows 7 that offers users a choice of default browsers, the EU's European Commission has confirmed today. The EC has is also using this case to pressure Microsoft to do more about interoperability overall. It said Microsoft has agreed to do a better job in making third-party software operate on its server products such as Office and Windows Server.

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Tactics to sell IE8: free Nickelback track and vomit

Microsoft offers free Nickelback track for IE8 and debuts commercial featuring a woman throwing up
Submitted by Microsoft Subnet on Wed, 07/01/09 - 5:41pm.

Microsoft offers free Nickelback track for IE8 and debuts commercial featuring a woman throwing up

Are Microsoft's latest tactics to get folks to download Internet Explorer 8 funny, disgusting, obnoxious or effective? On the one hand, you have the rather pleasant idea that if you download a copy of IE8 you get a never-before released track from rocker band Nickelback. On the other, you have an ad campagn that displays a woman throwing up (multiple times). Not pleasant.

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Sifting the facts about IE from the lies

Microsoft's 'Get the Facts' campaign for IE is ripe breeding ground for critics.
Submitted by Microsoft Subnet on Fri, 06/19/09 - 5:31pm.

Microsoft's Windows Internet Explorer Get the Facts website is just about as truthful as any other campaign that falls somewhere between PR and propaganda. And it's causing the kind of backlash that can't be helpful in increasing the browser's reputation. Hundreds of blog articles refuting the so-called facts have appeared since Microsoft launched the site this week.

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Windows 7 Speeds Browser Performance

Submitted by Mitchell Ashley on Fri, 05/29/09 - 5:39pm.

It's a bit of a surprise but BetaNews.com is reporting  their testing shows Windows 7 RC speeds up browser performance. IE specifically picks up the pace by about 12%. Why is happening? I don't think we know those details. I wonder if Microsoft might have revamped the TCP stack, and if so we should see a speed up in other network applications.

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