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Microsoft Issues Emergency Security Patch For IE
washingtonpost ^ | December 16, 2008

Posted on 12/16/2008 6:49:40 PM PST by JoeProBono

Microsoft will issue an emergency security patch Wednesday for all versions of Internet Explorer. The patch is considered a critical fix for the security flaw currently plaguing the IE browser. So far, more than 2 million computers are believed to have been infected.

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TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: browser; internet; internetexplorer; lowqualitycrap; microsoft
An advance notification of the patch published Tuesday describes it as protection for a "remote code execution" vulnerability. The move follows Microsoft's security advisory posted last Wednesday and updated Monday explaining the vulnerability and suggesting temporary "workarounds" for protection.

The flaw can be used to let attackers steal personal data such as passwords if a user visits a compromised Web site, of which at least 10,000 are thought to already exist. Thus far, the vulnerability has been used primarily for grabbing gaming passwords for black market sales. The hole could, however, potentially also be used to steal more sensitive information such as banking passwords and other private information. ad_icon

Some security analysts had gone as far as to suggest all IE users switch to a competing browser until Microsoft found a suitable fix.

1 posted on 12/16/2008 6:49:40 PM PST by JoeProBono
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2 posted on 12/16/2008 6:53:08 PM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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3 posted on 12/16/2008 6:54:34 PM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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4 posted on 12/16/2008 6:56:19 PM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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5 posted on 12/16/2008 6:57:52 PM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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6 posted on 12/16/2008 6:59:12 PM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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To: JoeProBono
"Some security analysts had gone as far as to suggest all IE users switch to a competing browser until Microsoft found a suitable fix."

That's probably the best advice I've ever heard from anyone connected to MS. Only make the switch permanent!!! Photobucket

7 posted on 12/16/2008 7:06:58 PM PST by SiVisPacemParaBellum (Peace through superior firepower!)
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To: JoeProBono

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8 posted on 12/16/2008 7:11:29 PM PST by SweetCaroline (I would rather suffer than fail to please GOD!)
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To: JoeProBono
DUMP INTERNET EXPLORER!!!
9 posted on 12/16/2008 7:15:10 PM PST by rottndog (If the left understood and obeyed the 10th Commandment, maybe they would obey the 10th Amendment!)
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(CLICK THE LINK ABOVE!)


10 posted on 12/16/2008 7:15:47 PM PST by rottndog (If the left understood and obeyed the 10th Commandment, maybe they would obey the 10th Amendment!)
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To: SiVisPacemParaBellum
How is Google Chrome?
There was a big (whoop-de-doo) about it when it came out, then nothing.

Last I saw, it wasn't much more than Firefox (or some other browser) with different skin. Was also rumored it was borderline spyware being connected to Google advertising.
Any truth to that stuff?

11 posted on 12/16/2008 7:17:03 PM PST by ShiftyKnuckler (I am voting for CHANGE in 2012!!)
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12 posted on 12/16/2008 7:17:36 PM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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To: JoeProBono
When talking about browsers, there is only 1 for my the big "o".

Oppps, wrong "O".

"O" for Opera.

13 posted on 12/16/2008 7:18:09 PM PST by Blue Highway
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14 posted on 12/16/2008 7:37:38 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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Fur lined bra! Must be cold outside.


15 posted on 12/16/2008 7:40:33 PM PST by WellyP
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Fur lined bra! Must be cold outside.


16 posted on 12/16/2008 7:49:38 PM PST by WellyP
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To: ShiftyKnuckler
How is Google Chrome?

I've been using it for a few months and have been very happy with it. I like its software architecture, the scaled down UI and the speed. It has worked flawlessly...no problems with any web sites. Works great with FR! It just became a released product this week too - no longer in beta.

17 posted on 12/16/2008 9:04:41 PM PST by vrwc1
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If it comes bundled with the damned “Google Bar”, I wouldn’t touch it with a ten meter pole...


18 posted on 12/17/2008 1:04:40 PM PST by Publius6961 (Change is not a plan; Hope is not a strategy.)
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To: Blue Highway

With your suggestion I downloaded Opera and it seems to be what I would like. However, I can’t figure out how to “refresh” or copy and past in a website and find anything to click on and go to that website. Could you advise please?


19 posted on 12/17/2008 1:12:56 PM PST by GrannyK
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That pussy appears to be in the wrong location.


20 posted on 12/17/2008 1:19:10 PM PST by Bratch
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To: JoeProBono; rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; Salo; Bobsat; JosephW; ...

21 posted on 12/17/2008 1:20:22 PM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Publius6961

No Google Bar required. Give it a try and see if you like it. You can always uninstall it if you don’t.


22 posted on 12/17/2008 1:24:42 PM PST by vrwc1
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To: GrannyK
Here's a picture of how I have my version (Opera 9.21) setup. Pretty much any newer version can be setup the same. Unless I am misunderstanding you when you ask how to refresh a page, then that symbol is the refresh button.

As far as copy and paste into the browser it works the same way as IE or FF. If you don't see the address bar or search bar you will have to go through options and add it so it is visible on your browser.

23 posted on 12/17/2008 3:30:56 PM PST by Blue Highway
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To: GrannyK

Also if you need help in adding the navigation bar let me know I can be of further assistance.


24 posted on 12/17/2008 3:33:12 PM PST by Blue Highway
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To: GrannyK
Ok well I figured I might as well be pro-active and just explain how to add it.

First go to TOOLS then click on PREFERENCE. Then I select TOOLBARS. From there you get a screen which is how I prefer mine to be set up like. I hate the Start toolbar or the extra navigation toolbar as it seems redundant and I prefer the least amount of space wasted on toolbars but still retain the most functionality.

Then I go to the Buttons tab and add the Page Magnifier to be able to change font sizes on the fly without having to use multiple keystrokes. I also add the Wand tool to pre-fill forms for stuff like name/address etc. I then go to Tools/Preference/Skin and change the icon size to 50 or 60% to further reduce the size of the toolbar area and give me the most desktop space on the browser window.

Also if you copy a website from another window, you can open a new tab and in the address bar you right click and select "paste and go" and it saves you the step of having to paste and then hit the enter key. Again I prefer the simplicity of Opera, the functionality, and the ways it saves me time by some of these shortcuts.

25 posted on 12/17/2008 3:48:55 PM PST by Blue Highway
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To: Blue Highway

Super-duper, now you appear to know your computers/internet.
I am a self learner, no teacher so it takes me awhile to learn but it usually sinks in after trial and error.

I had tried Chrome and removed it right away.....it just didn’t have the appearance I wanted. I had Mozilla forever and it got to where it would crash and I couldn’t figure out why so had to remove it also.

Thanks so much!


26 posted on 12/17/2008 4:26:46 PM PST by GrannyK
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To: JoeProBono

LOL That’s great! I hate IE!


27 posted on 12/18/2008 4:34:52 AM PST by tutstar (Baptist Ping list - freepmail me to get on or off.)
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