Vulnerability in older versions of Internet Explorer
I found a post in webmasterworld about a new vulnerability in older versions of internet explorer.
Here is a summary:
- There is an exploit for internet explorer that, when users open an email link or visit certain websites, the attacker can execute code at the level of the user.
- This affects both XP and Windows 7/8 machines. The vulnerability was just publicized on April 26th.
- There may be a fix available for the windows 7/8 machines but there probably won’t be a fix for the XP machines.
- There are some fixes suggested in the Microsoft security bulletin. They aren’t simple fixes and will greatly restrict the usability of Internet Explorer
I would suggest that
- All users use Chrome or Firefox as their default browser.
- Do NOT click on links or attachments in “Joke” or “Recreational” emails.
If you are using XP at home, you are probably running as an administrator which makes you more vulnerable.
- Running XP at this point is just plain irresponsible – Hackers are starting to exploit XP
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- Date Pickers in Rails (Internet Explorer and other browsers)
- Oracle’s Virtual Box – virtual machine for windows
- Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP on 4 8 2014
- Microsoft releases patches to address vulnerabilities in IE, Office and Windows/Win Server
- A Windows 10 patch that is supposed to address Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. BEWARE IF YOU HAVE AN AMD PROCESSOR
- If you are running certain extensions with Firefox, you could be vulnerable to hacking.