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    Spyderco Forum Registered User Pinetreebbs's Avatar
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    Windows OS Warning, Don't Use Any Version of Internet Explorer

    Remember when your favorite 'computer expert' (nerd) told you not to use Internet Explorer(IE)? Probably also recommended using Chrome or Firefox? Well don't come crying to them when your PC is all crapped up. DL links below.

    According to a confirmation by Microsoft late last night, a new zero day vulnerability has been found to affect every version of Internet Explorer. In other words—over a quarter of the entire browser market.

    Attacks taking advantage of the vulnerability are largely targeting IE versions 9, 10, and 11 in something called a "use after free" attack. Essentially, the attack corrupts data as soon as memory has been released, most likely after users have been lured to phony websites. Microsoft explains:

    The vulnerability exists in the way that Internet Explorer accesses an object in memory that has been deleted or has not been properly allocated. The vulnerability may corrupt memory in a way that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user within Internet Explorer. An attacker could host a specially crafted website that is designed to exploit this vulnerability through Internet Explorer and then convince a user to view the website.

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    Linux and OSX users need only be concerned if they run a version of Windows in a VM like VMWare or VirturalBox.
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    And if you're still using Windows XP, it's on you to upgrade IE when the fix appears...

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    Spyderco Forum Registered User Blerv's Avatar
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    Explorer is almost unusable even when it isn't falling sleep during Malware attacks, lol. Terrific advice though...just remove that icon from your start menu.

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    Spyderco Forum Registered User Evil D's Avatar
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    I use IE exactly one time when I install Windows, and that's to download something else. Been that way for about 15 years.


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    Spyderco Forum Registered User defenestrate's Avatar
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    Likewise, David. Unfortunately, I have had to use IE for work often.

    Windows 7 has a simple toggle under the control panel-programs and features area, you can toggle IE to not exist at all, at least as a browser. i know at least some of that code is likely required in explorer but at least it will be touh for malicious web code to get you.
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    Spyderco Forum Registered User The Deacon's Avatar
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    FWIW, I believe a patch/update for IE that addresses this vulnerability was issued a day or two ago. As for me, I don't use IE often, and when I do it's only to visit sites I've visited before via bookmarks, so I don't think this particular vulnerability would have been of much concern to me.
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    IE is still around??? News to me.

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