[opendtv] Tide Turning in Browser Wars?

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: OpenDTV Mail List <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2004 07:35:58 -0400

Just when we thought the "browser wars" were over...

Looks like some Windows users are going to learn how difficult it is 
to install and use an alternative Web browser to Micrisoft's flagship 
"integrated" Internet Explorer.  I started hearing about the latest 
vulnerabilities in IE several days ago, via a tech segment on our 
local Talk radio station. The commentator is a side-kick on a local 
afternoon show, who also runs a company that specializes in "Digital 
Marketing" and PC maintenance/sales. Mr. PC's (no, I'm not kidding) 
advice is to switch to the Mozilla browser.

Now the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team is recommending that 
people stop using IE as well. Could the hackers finally be winning 
the war, exposing Microsoft's seemingly endless vulnerabilities? 
Could this kind of negative publicity wake people up to the options 
that exist for running a PC today, without paying their tithe to the 
boys in Redmond?


In light of a recent announcement about an "extremely critical"
security vulnerability in Internet Explorer (IE), the U.S. Computer
Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has issued a warning advising
computer users to stop using Microsoft's browser. US-CERT is a
nonprofit formed in September 2003 by the Department of Homeland
Security and the public and private sectors to improve computer
security preparedness and response. According to the US-CERT notice,
there are "significant vulnerabilities in technologies relating to the
IE domain/zone security model, the DHTML object model, MIME-type
determination, and ActiveX." The IE bug allows hackers to install
spyware on users' computers without any action on the part of the
user. The notice goes on to say that, particularly for browsing
untrusted sites, use of another browser is an effective way to avoid
the security risks mentioned.
Internet News, 29 June 2004
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