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Microsoft rushes out software fix to prevent browser attacks
Reuters ^ | Wed Sep 18, 2013 5:02am IST | Jim Finkle

Posted on 09/17/2013 8:19:55 PM PDT by Olog-hai

Microsoft Corp. released an emergency software fix for Internet Explorer on Tuesday after hackers exploited a security flaw in the popular Web browser to attack an unknown number of users.

The software maker said on its website it released the software, known as a “Fix It,” as an emergency measure to protect customers after learning about “extremely limited, targeted attacks” that made use of the newly discovered bug.

Microsoft said the attacks took advantage of an undiscovered flaw, or “zero day” vulnerability in industry parlance. …

(Excerpt) Read more at in.reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: browserattack; internetexploder; microsoft; softwarepatch

1 posted on 09/17/2013 8:19:56 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai; a fool in paradise

Whydja think they called the ‘Explorer’?! Sheesh!


2 posted on 09/17/2013 8:21:14 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Olog-hai

Yes and they pushed it out without checkingg to see if I had auto update on


3 posted on 09/17/2013 8:30:59 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Olog-hai

I seem to have suffered some sort of Browser Attack in the last few days. My Firefox started covering over everything I did with popup ads for Mozilla products and surveys and such until I deleted Firefox and cleaned out all the residue from the popups and Firefox itself. I still use the Mozilla SeaMonkey browser to good effect. I could not imagine getting that kind of trash from Mozilla/Firefox and wonder if it was some sort of spoofing thing.


4 posted on 09/17/2013 8:41:35 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: Olog-hai

I’ve got a better name for Explorer: “Don’t Use It”


5 posted on 09/17/2013 8:50:11 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: bigbob

I’m a Linux guy. I use Firefox and Chrome. If and when I have to use Windows I’m always real careful with IE - aka “virus loading app.”


6 posted on 09/17/2013 9:04:18 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Olog-hai
The "Fix It" MSI files are here: https://support.microsoft.com/kb/2887505
7 posted on 09/17/2013 11:42:14 PM PDT by TChad
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To: arthurus

That is strange, I never got any ads from Mozilla Firefox.

Of course I use Ubuntu Linux.


8 posted on 09/18/2013 12:09:19 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

I keep trying to load Linux and so far have been unsuccessful on three computers and on clean formatted discs as well as to virtual machines, etc. I get it started, either from online or a disc and at some point it always just stops and refuses to go any further. If my son were closer than Germany, I could probably get it okay. I really would like to put Windows in the past. I do not have a natural bent for computers.


9 posted on 09/18/2013 12:13:24 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: Olog-hai
Creators of computer viruses should be summarily executed.

Seriously.

10 posted on 09/18/2013 4:08:08 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: arthurus; ShadowAce

I have never seen anyone have so much trouble even just loading Linux.

Hey Shadow, are there certain computers that won’t run Linux?
Are you trying to install a 64 bit version on a 32 bit machine? or something?


11 posted on 09/18/2013 7:19:14 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: ThunderSleeps

I remember Netscape 1.22

My ISP ($100 for a year of dial-up, lol) had to mail me a floppy with the browser for my old computer. (The thing had a 100 MB hdd)

I had to install the 33.6 modem, a sound card and RAM (it had 2 MB and I got it up to 28 or 30 or something)

I really liked that old computer. I remember having to delete a game to play a different game. Tank!, Gunship2000 and others.


12 posted on 09/18/2013 7:23:15 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Olog-hai

You’d think that after all these years, they could get Internet exploder out of beta.


13 posted on 09/18/2013 7:25:32 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; Salo; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; Still Thinking; ...

14 posted on 09/18/2013 7:30:51 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Olog-hai

I an sick of Retina/patching so the government can have their back doors to Microsoft.


15 posted on 09/18/2013 7:32:45 AM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: arthurus; GeronL
I guess I need more information:
  1. What distro are you using?
  2. Is your computer 32-bit (older) or 64-bit?
  3. what CPU/amount of RAM/disc size is in your computer(s)?
  4. Are you sure it is not waiting for some input from you to continue?
Let me know (if you want to continue this attempt), and I will try to help.
16 posted on 09/18/2013 7:33:58 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: ShadowAce

bump

Ubuntu 12.04 is very stable
I hear good things about Linux MINT
I read that OpenOS4 is friendly for Windows users.

but there are hundreds or thousands of different Linux distributions out there.


17 posted on 09/18/2013 7:38:28 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

12.04 (Precise) is LTS. I believe they’ll support through 2017. For an open source OS, that’s pretty amazing. I LOVE Ubuntu. Used to be a Fedora die hard, but I’ve since come around to Ubuntu. I was getting tired of the distro release schedule with Fedora.

OpenOS4 is okay, but I’ve read from some RHEL programmers that it’s a mess “under the hood.”


18 posted on 09/18/2013 9:04:09 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: rarestia

I suspected it might be, they seemed intent to make it “look” like Windows (no matter what?)

Yes, Ubuntu is pretty remarkable. And it has not kept them from working on different versions either.


19 posted on 09/18/2013 9:12:35 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: rarestia

I am being given a new firefox browser right now. hhmmm
should I cross fingers?


20 posted on 09/18/2013 9:13:49 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

doesn’t look or act any different, so far


21 posted on 09/18/2013 9:17:02 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

I’m on 23.0.1 and have had zero issues with my extensions or website accesses.

Ubuntu is great because they’ve singularly focused on making a user-centric experience without forgoing the utility and stability of Linux.


22 posted on 09/18/2013 9:34:03 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: GeronL
I look at a lot of Disto ros....

Because of some very specific issues on vision issues I have.

But my current favorite foi multiple reasons ios a Fedora based one from Australia....Korora. 64 bit Gnome version.

Distribution Release: Korora 19

Don't try release 18...ugly install!

23 posted on 09/18/2013 10:02:41 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: arthurus
Just hanging sounds like some kind of a hardware issue...like a hang with a driver for the internet hardware.

Do you have an older laptop?

24 posted on 09/18/2013 10:06:32 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: GeronL
I hear good things about Linux MINT

Oh, yeah. I keep a "live" Mint thumb drive around for the inevitable day when the Winders OS is trashed. One of my colleagues sez, "why not just run the whole thing on Linux?" Because I PAID for the MS license, I sez, that's why.

She walked off laughing. Well, it seemed like a good enough reason at the time...

25 posted on 09/18/2013 10:10:16 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

No laptop, but this has happened with 3 desktops. I get pretty frustrated.


26 posted on 09/18/2013 12:57:43 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: arthurus

Have you tried older Dell computers? I have some old cast-off Dell Optiplex GX240 tower PCs where I work. 1.8 Mhz, 1 GB Ram. Hardly enough to run to XP anymore, but they run Linux great. In fact, I have not found a Linux version that the GX240 model won’t install and run. That’s what I’m using right now! I have used Ubuntu, Mint, Puppy, Mepis, and Knoppix on them, but prefer Ubuntu or Mint over the rest. The Dells are plentiful on eBay and often cost less than the shipping!

I have not had a single virus/malware incident in the last 4 years that I have used Linux. It beats the heck out of Windows.


27 posted on 09/18/2013 3:37:47 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: TexasRepublic

I do have one. I shall dig it out and try it.


28 posted on 09/18/2013 3:43:31 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: arthurus

Good luck. I recommend that you do NOT use the latest version of Ubuntu or Mint. The older versions fit on a CD instead of a DVD, which your computer may or may not have. The older versions are also lighter and zippier than the latest versions. You might also try the lighter X versions of Ubuntu or Mint, instead of Gnome or KDE versions. I am confident that you will find something that works well on an older Dell. That said, I’m running a very modified Ubuntu 11 that looks like Windows XP instead of the default Unity menu interface. Ubuntu 12 requires more horsepower.


29 posted on 09/18/2013 3:55:40 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: TexasRepublic

Thanks.


30 posted on 09/18/2013 4:27:22 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: GeronL; ShadowAce
> Ubuntu 12.04 is very stable ... I hear good things about Linux MINT

Hi GeronL,

I've been a RedHat family fan since 2001, RHEL and Fedora Core and CentOS, and still prefer it over other distros. However, the company I went to work for (as Sysadmin) this past March is about 90% Ubuntu, which I previously Did. Not. Like... Adaptation time.

I had occasion to put Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on a couple workstations, and the Server version in a VM under Xen on my CentOS workstation. Also built the Server version into a couple of system servers for various purposes.

I agree with you -- it's very stable -- and in addition I find it relatively easy to work with. I'm not a fan of the desktop GUI setup (I'd probably shoehorn GNOME over it given the chance) but it works.

Overall, I second your recommendation of 12.04. Good stuff.

MINT I've only played with a little, it's okay but I didn't really get to know it well enough to form an opinion.

31 posted on 09/18/2013 6:54:56 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored

Even if they used GNOME or let me dump the sidebar, it’s still a great Linux distro. If I had some better hardware I would still want Ubuntu, even if I added a Windows partition for playing games.


32 posted on 09/18/2013 6:59:31 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL
FWIW, unless I need the absolute most performance, I've been running Windows in VMs almost exclusively. So much easier to recover from a scrogged install, broken registry, or other problems that might take more than 15 minutes to fix, when all you have to do is switch to the backup copy of the VM (I snapshot it about once a week, and before any risky activities).

That said, I have Win7 installed in a BootCamp partition on my Mac and it kicks a$$ running directly on the hardware. And zero compatibility issues with offbeat hardware due to virtualization. If I was a gamer I'd use the on-the-metal Windows install more I guess.

As it is, I spend 90% of my time in Linux at work, and 90% on a Mac at home; the rest in Windows when required. It'll be a fine day when games run as well on Linux as they do on Windows.

33 posted on 09/18/2013 7:21:04 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: TexasRepublic

Very true. Not one virus/malware incident here either. I also tried Puppy, Knoppix, PC-OS and others before being floored by Linux.

My laptop was a few years old when the HDD simply died. Geek Squad put in a new clean harddrive and were confused as to why I wanted it clean. (I couldn’t afford a new Windows) so I went through the Live CD’s I had made and chose Ubuntu easily.

On installation it didn’t have full screen, but that was a simple resolution change. Also the fan didn’t run but that was an amazingly easy fix too.

I have probably put a lot of crap on this clean HDD I should probably remove. Including a big Windows game I thought I could run in WINE but I am not technical enough to make that work. lol.

So I will need a Windows partition just big enough to put some games I want on (World of Tanks, Star Trek Online etc) and I would really be in business.

Then again, maybe I should just get a different laptop for that. Knowing that if it ever messes up royally I can always put a Linux on it.


34 posted on 09/18/2013 7:29:40 PM PDT by GeronL
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