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Stop using Microsoft's IE browser until bug is fixed, US warns
Cnet ^ | Apr 28, 2014 | Seth Rosenblatt

Posted on 04/28/2014 1:52:29 PM PDT by dayglored

In a rare move that highlights the severity of the security hole in one of the Web's most popular browsers, the Homeland Security Department's Computer Emergency Readiness Team says to stop using Internet Explorer until Microsoft can fix it.

Security firm FireEye said that it is currently being used to attack financial and defense organizations in the US via Internet Explorer 9, 10, and 11. Those versions of the browser run on Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8, although the exploit is present in Internet Explorer 6 and above.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: cert; ie; microsoft; tech; windows
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Folks, this is serious. We are under attack.
1 posted on 04/28/2014 1:52:30 PM PDT by dayglored
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To: dayglored; ShadowAce; Swordmaker

Tech ping


2 posted on 04/28/2014 1:52:59 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is...sounding pretty good about now.)
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To: dayglored

10,000 code monkeys can’t provide a temporary fix in a day?


3 posted on 04/28/2014 1:53:50 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: dayglored

I’m at work, can’t stay online here, but please, spread the word.


4 posted on 04/28/2014 1:54:08 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is...sounding pretty good about now.)
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To: dayglored

Received an IE update late this afternoon.


5 posted on 04/28/2014 1:55:48 PM PDT by hsmomx3
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To: Paladin2
10,000 code monkeys can’t provide a temporary fix in a day?

Not and maintain unfettered NSA access.

6 posted on 04/28/2014 1:57:11 PM PDT by null and void ( They don't think think they are above the law. They think they are the law.)
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To: Admin Moderator

I didn’t presume to put this in Breaking News, but you might consider it, given the seriousness of the warning from CERT. This could represent a cyber-attack on our defenses. I think CERT knows more than they are saying.


7 posted on 04/28/2014 1:57:40 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is...sounding pretty good about now.)
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To: hsmomx3
> Received an IE update late this afternoon.

That's not the "fix" for this flaw; none has been announced yet (that I'm aware of).

8 posted on 04/28/2014 1:59:29 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is...sounding pretty good about now.)
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To: null and void

So the “Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation” is really the NSA Foundation?


9 posted on 04/28/2014 1:59:32 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

They at least know each other (in the Biblical sense)...


10 posted on 04/28/2014 2:01:00 PM PDT by null and void ( They don't think think they are above the law. They think they are the law.)
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To: dayglored

create a non-admin user account and use that..

solves 99% of the problem.


11 posted on 04/28/2014 2:02:36 PM PDT by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: dayglored

Is it just me, or does anyone else find IE’s interface a bit obscure compared to Firefox or Chrome?


12 posted on 04/28/2014 2:04:16 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Revolting cat!; GeronL

They had me at “Stop using Microsoft’s IE browser”


13 posted on 04/28/2014 2:05:23 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: dayglored

Guess will take this attack and wait for the next attack. Even though is not all right. Sometimes one has to be strong. One day is just one day.


14 posted on 04/28/2014 2:06:41 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: dayglored

I wondered about that...what timing, right?


15 posted on 04/28/2014 2:07:50 PM PDT by hsmomx3
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To: null and void

I guess nsa wants us to live and let live ... LOL


16 posted on 04/28/2014 2:08:12 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: dayglored
So, me using IE to read FR can bring down a government computer.
Can choose which one?

17 posted on 04/28/2014 2:10:54 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: cableguymn

Multiple accounts do make for confusion. May confusion ever reign supreme unless one can pin-point the truth. Then am all for the truth. Is cheaper than a credit card.


18 posted on 04/28/2014 2:11:43 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: cableguymn
> create a non-admin user account and use that.. solves 99% of the problem.

Not really. If it were that easy, there wouldn't be all this panic.

Are you saying you don't care if (as a non-admin user) the attacker gets all your (non-admin) financial data and passwords and other personal info? Really?

So what if it can't trash the entire computer -- It gets all it can from your non-admin user account, and that's enough to trash you.

19 posted on 04/28/2014 2:15:16 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is...sounding pretty good about now.)
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To: Paladin2

I think they want to drive business to their cohort Firefox. Can’t fix it if it serves their purposes, sort of like Obamacare.


20 posted on 04/28/2014 2:18:39 PM PDT by Kenny
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To: dayglored

I remember once upon a time needed four wheel drive to negotiate a climb to a place had rented for fun. The fun was away from everything and was designed to be out in the middle of nowhere. I negotiated the climb and arrived out in the middle of nowhere, then the power went out. Spent five hours up and watching with protection drawn. Guess it was a gutless moment.


21 posted on 04/28/2014 2:20:11 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: a fool in paradise

Same here

Safari - iPad
IOS 7.1.1


22 posted on 04/28/2014 2:20:58 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: no-to-illegals

I like to create a user account called “Administrator”.


23 posted on 04/28/2014 2:21:19 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Kenny; Paladin2

Maybe MS wanted to scare everybody away from XP and onto Win8 once and for all, but they overshot their target, and now it’s backfiring as people look for non-Microsoft solutions.


24 posted on 04/28/2014 2:22:19 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is...sounding pretty good about now.)
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To: Paladin2

I like to spoof too.


25 posted on 04/28/2014 2:22:36 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Pearls Before Swine
Is it just me, or does anyone else find IE’s interface a bit obscure compared to Firefox or Chrome?

Yes, I got rid of Firefox and am using IE and it sucks beyond believe.

* Every time I open it and every other webpage I open, a pop will come up asking me to manage Add-Ons. I once clicked on and managed my addons hoping it would go away forever but noooooo, 2 websites later it's back and it keeps coming back. For the love of God - Stop already.

* A pop up telling me every time you blocked a pop up kind of ruins the point of having a pop up blocker.

* Stop asking me if I want IE to remember a password, if it's not going to actually remember it.

* Certain ad/script heavy sites can not be opened without IE crashing like WSJ, Forbes, Wash. Times, Huff Post (No big loss)

26 posted on 04/28/2014 2:24:42 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: Paladin2

Could they build a healthcare system in 3.5 YEARS?


27 posted on 04/28/2014 2:26:14 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: dayglored

Stopped using it 2 years ago.

CC


28 posted on 04/28/2014 2:26:21 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: dayglored

Does Pale Moon use MSIE?


29 posted on 04/28/2014 2:28:07 PM PDT by pilipo (GOP=Gutless Old Party)
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To: dayglored

I haven’t used Internet Explorer as my default browser in years. My default browser is Google Chrome (now at Version 34.0).


30 posted on 04/28/2014 2:28:33 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: qam1
Yes, I got rid of Firefox and am using IE and it sucks beyond believe.

Try Palemoon. It's Mozilla based like Firefox but doesn't fire its CEO's.

No affiliation to FF, apparently.

31 posted on 04/28/2014 2:29:37 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: AFreeBird

A miracle. It was kind of cold that night. They walked in and shot us.


32 posted on 04/28/2014 2:29:44 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: dayglored

I use Opera as a backup to IE11


33 posted on 04/28/2014 2:29:46 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep rigsupreme Splasht)
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To: UB355

Am considering Fried Green Tomatoes.


34 posted on 04/28/2014 2:31:42 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: no-to-illegals

Isn’t it time for your meds?


35 posted on 04/28/2014 2:35:38 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is...sounding pretty good about now.)
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To: dayglored

Turn off flash

Worth repeating
Turn off flash


36 posted on 04/28/2014 2:38:03 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: HangnJudge

That’s a good idea in ANY case. Flash is an abomination.


37 posted on 04/28/2014 2:39:42 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is...sounding pretty good about now.)
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; Still Thinking; ...

38 posted on 04/28/2014 2:43:22 PM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: null and void

Reminds me of a joke back in the 90’s, before Windows 95 came out.

Bill and Melinda were divorcing. Judge asked Melinda why and she said that even though they had been married for several years, the marriage hadn’t yet been consummated.

When the judge asked how that was possible, Melinda said “all he does is stand at the foot of the bed and tell me how good it’s going to be.”


39 posted on 04/28/2014 2:45:49 PM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: Kenny

people should try Pale Moon instead


40 posted on 04/28/2014 2:57:33 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: dayglored
In a rare move that highlights the severity of the security hole in one of the Web's most popular browsers

'Thought it was a parody piece .....

Seriously, Pale Moon fits the bill just fine, w/o the political baggage.

41 posted on 04/28/2014 3:28:25 PM PDT by mikrofon (Browza!)
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To: dayglored
stop using Internet Explorer until Microsoft can fix it

IE has been a virus magnet for years. You could stop have the malware out there just by getting rid of IE and Outlook

42 posted on 04/28/2014 4:40:00 PM PDT by zeugma (Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened - Dr. Seuss (I'll see you again someday Hope))
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To: dayglored

HA! and here the Air Force is still stuck on IE8. Imagine the problems they could be having right now.


43 posted on 04/28/2014 4:44:42 PM PDT by ducttape45
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To: Focault's Pendulum

THANK YOU

There’s a linux port at:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/pm4linux/?source=dlp


44 posted on 04/28/2014 5:21:33 PM PDT by fretzer
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To: dayglored
Folks, this is serious. We are under attack.

Not if you people IE years ago when it was realized to be a piece of garbage.

45 posted on 04/28/2014 7:30:14 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Truth sounds like hate...to those who hate truth.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

For what it’s worth, my only use of IE in the last 20 years has been to download an alternate browser, to run Updates, and to access MSDN downloads where it’s required.

I’ve hated IE from the start. Always been a Netscape/Firefox fan, myself.


46 posted on 04/28/2014 7:38:29 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is...sounding pretty good about now.)
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To: dayglored
For what it’s worth, my only use of IE in the last 20 years has been to download an alternate browser

Yeah. It frosts my pumpkin that every time I set up a Windows box I have to use IE to download Firefox. Then I feel like a I need a shower.

47 posted on 04/28/2014 7:40:20 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Truth sounds like hate...to those who hate truth.)
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To: GeronL

Just installed Pale Moon for 64bit linux. A bit of directory movement moved my FF profile, extensions and plugins right into Pale Moon. Looks like a great browser. I’m sold. Bye Bye FF and your BoD.


48 posted on 04/28/2014 7:47:39 PM PDT by fretzer
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Actually it’s possible to download Firefox using the command line FTP client...


49 posted on 04/28/2014 8:24:13 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is...sounding pretty good about now.)
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To: zeugma; HangnJudge
Turn off flash

You could stop have the malware out there just by getting rid of IE and Outlook

I never used outlook, dumped IE long ago, and recently figured out that flashplayer was just mucking things up, so I killed that too.

50 posted on 04/28/2014 8:37:45 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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