Experts Say, Ditch Internet Explorer
Source Jim Flynn
Date 04/06/28/20:18

CERT recommends anything but IE
By John Oates
Published Monday 28th June 2004

US CERT (the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team), is
advising people to ditch Internet Explorer and use a
different browser after the latest security
vulnerability in the software was exposed.

A statement on the CERT site said: "There are a number
of significant vulnerabilities in technologies
relating to the IE domain/zone security model, the
DHTML object model, MIME type determination, and
ActiveX. It is possible to reduce exposure to these
vulnerabilities by using a different web browser,
especially when browsing untrusted sites." CERT
otherwise recommends users to set security settings to
high and disable JavaScript

Malicious code, dubbed variously as "Scob" or
"Download.Ject", originally posted last week on a
Russian website, could be downloaded secretly onto
websites using Microsoft's Internet Information Server
5.0. The code could then be used to log keystrokes
made by visitors to the site - so long as they used
Internet Explorer as their browser. Information,
including passwords, was then to be emailed to the
criminals behind the atack.

Microsoft said that it was unaware of widespread
consumer impact and noted that the Russian site had
been taken offline. It said some enterprise users of
Windows 2000 Server, specifically users running IIS
5.0, were being targeted by "Download.Ject". According
to MS, this is not a trojan or worm but "a targeted
manual attack by individuals or entities towards a
specific server". It said users should use a firewall,
ensure they have the latest software updates and use
anti-virus software.

Bill Gates, Microsoft chairman, called on users to
switch on auto-update so that patches would spread
faster. Speaking to Reuters in Australia at the
weekend, he vowed to "guarantee that the average time
to fix will come down. The thing we have to do is not
only get these patches done very quickly...we also
have to convince people to turn on auto-update."

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