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Stop using Microsoft's IE browser until bug is fixed, US and UK warn
CNET ^ | 4/28/2014 | Seth Rosenblatt

Posted on 04/28/2014 6:24:40 PM PDT by markomalley

It's not often that the US or UK governments weigh in on the browser wars, but a new Internet Explorer vulnerability that affects all major versions of the browser from the past decade has forced it to raise an alarm: Stop using IE.

The zero-day exploit, the term given to a previously unknown, unpatched flaw, allows attackers to install malware on your computer without your permission. That malware could be used to steal personal data, track online behavior, or gain control of the computer. Security firm FireEye, which discovered the bug, said that the flaw is being used with a known Flash-based exploit technique to attack financial and defense organizations in the US via Internet Explorer 9, 10, and 11. Those versions of the browser run on Microsoft's Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8, although the exploit is present in Internet Explorer 6 and above.

While the Computer Emergency Readiness Team in England and the US regularly issue browser advisories, this is one of the few times that the CERT team has recommended that people avoid using a specific browser.

FireEye recommends that if you can't switch browsers, then you disable Internet Explorer's Flash plug-in. You also can use IE with Microsoft's Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit security app, but that will not be as secure as simply switching browsers.

Microsoft and the Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Statistics vary as to how many people actually use Internet Explorer. NetMarketShare puts the total around 55 percent of the desktop browser market, while competitor StatCounter says that 22.58 percent of people use IE. While the disparity is large, in either case the flaw affects a huge number of browsers being actively used.


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: alreadyposted; computersecurity; ie; internetexplorer; microsoft; searchisourfriend; windowsxp
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1 posted on 04/28/2014 6:24:40 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

How do you disable IE flash plug-in?


2 posted on 04/28/2014 6:34:11 PM PDT by expat2
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To: markomalley
Stop using Microsoft's IE browser until bug is fixed, US and UK warn

Haha, just kidding. It's okay in very few limited circumstances. ;)
3 posted on 04/28/2014 6:36:14 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: markomalley

Despite not “using” ie, it sure seems like actively using it or not, everything seems to pass through it. When I do my morning clean up ie seems to have the most garbage on it.


4 posted on 04/28/2014 6:38:00 PM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: rktman

so are we supposed to use AOL browser or Firefox?


5 posted on 04/28/2014 6:40:33 PM PDT by CharlotteVRWC
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To: expat2

Go to the “Tools” menu (gear icon in the upper right corner) and select “Manage Add-Ins.” Right-click on “Shockwave Flash Object” and disable it.

At least, that is how it works on my version of IE.


6 posted on 04/28/2014 6:43:07 PM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: CharlotteVRWC

>>so are we supposed to use AOL browser or Firefox?<<

Mosaic on OS/2.


7 posted on 04/28/2014 6:45:11 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Fight Tapinophobia in all its forms! Do not submit to arduus privilege.)
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To: markomalley

I’m glad I stopped using it during the last century.


8 posted on 04/28/2014 6:46:26 PM PDT by posterchild
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To: andyk

I use a Mac but recently had to fire up IE in in Win 7 VM to use a Fortune 500 company’s employment website.


9 posted on 04/28/2014 6:46:39 PM PDT by matt04
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To: CharlotteVRWC

I’m still using the homophobe browser. :>}

(AOL?!)


10 posted on 04/28/2014 6:47:26 PM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: markomalley
Posted earlier version of same CNet article:

Stop using Microsoft's IE browser until bug is fixed, US warns

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3149671/posts

HOWEVER, it bears repeating, so please, carry on!

11 posted on 04/28/2014 6:47:27 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is...sounding pretty good about now.)
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To: markomalley

Who uses that POS browser anyway?


12 posted on 04/28/2014 6:47:30 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: expat2

Time would be better spent downloading Firefox or Chrome.

IE has been a leaky exploitable mess since the turn of the century. Slow as crap, too.


13 posted on 04/28/2014 6:47:51 PM PDT by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender! REMEMBER NEDA)
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To: markomalley

I’ve switched back to NetScrape ....


14 posted on 04/28/2014 6:48:35 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: markomalley; ShadowAce

Tech Ping for a repeat — this is important!


15 posted on 04/28/2014 6:49:39 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is...sounding pretty good about now.)
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To: dayglored
Posted earlier version of same CNet article:

FR Search has its limitations, doesn't it?

16 posted on 04/28/2014 6:49:41 PM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: posterchild

Bump!


17 posted on 04/28/2014 6:50:10 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!)
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To: CharlotteVRWC

> so are we supposed to use AOL browser or Firefox?

Yikes, not AOL browser! Use Firefox or Chrome. A lot faster, more secure.

http://www.getfirefox.com/ for Firefox
http://www.google.com/chrome for Chrome


18 posted on 04/28/2014 6:57:03 PM PDT by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender! REMEMBER NEDA)
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To: matt04
I use a Mac but recently had to fire up IE in in Win 7 VM to use a Fortune 500 company’s employment website.

LOL! It's true, there are those very rare exceptions!
19 posted on 04/28/2014 6:57:11 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: freedumb2003

OS/2 rocked.


20 posted on 04/28/2014 6:58:04 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: markomalley
> FR Search has its limitations, doesn't it?

The real problem with FR search, IMO, is that it defaults to "keywords" instead of "title" string match. Keywords are a lot harder to guess.

In this case, since the titles are identical except for the additional "and UK" in the newer one, a search of title strings would have turned it right up.

Oh well, it's important stuff so repeating it doesn't hurt anybody.

21 posted on 04/28/2014 6:59:29 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is...sounding pretty good about now.)
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To: markomalley
"Stop using Microsoft's IE browser" The article could have stopped there. Here's an oldie but a goodie: How NSA access was built into Windows
22 posted on 04/28/2014 7:04:44 PM PDT by CriticalJ (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress.. But then I repeat myself. MT)
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To: exDemMom

So what happens when I right click on Shockwave Flash Object? What will I not be able to access on the computer? I have Windows 7 Ultimate. (this stuff is Greek to me. Sigh)


23 posted on 04/28/2014 7:12:35 PM PDT by Exit148
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To: Vendome

Try using the Pale Moon browser.
It works similar to Firefox.

http://www.palemoon.org/


24 posted on 04/28/2014 7:22:49 PM PDT by Chewbacca (Don't you wish you had voted for Ron Paul in 2012?)
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To: exDemMom

I go hit by some type of infection due to a flash player exploit and I think it made my hard drive unbootable. I ended up putting in a new hard drive and after getting what I needed off the old one just reformatted it which seemed to kill the infection. I needed to clean up my computer anyway and everything is running much faster than it used to. I just put the reformatted hard drive into another computer after checking the drive for viruses and bad sectors (it found none). I guess it’s fixed.

If you see any messages that pop up that says you need to upgrade your flash player program DON’T do it. The hackers made it look like the link went to www.adobe.com. I think they were just able to make the browser show a false address.


25 posted on 04/28/2014 7:24:06 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Chewbacca

LOL

I wuz keedean about Netscape.

That’s so 90’s....


26 posted on 04/28/2014 7:42:49 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Kaosinla

Marked


27 posted on 04/28/2014 7:53:35 PM PDT by Kaosinla (The More the Plans Fail. The More the Planners Plan.)
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To: Vendome
Who uses that POS browser anyway?

People running a business communicating with other websites that, it turns out, aren't coded very well for other browsers.

We're talking major financial institutions here.

Feel better? /s

(last was sarcastic, but I'm serious about IE being the only browser that works well in the cases of which I have first-hand knowledge)

28 posted on 04/28/2014 7:56:04 PM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: markomalley
Is this something that an antivirus sweep (by Avast, Malwarebytes, etc.) would eventually pick up?
29 posted on 04/28/2014 7:56:21 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Chewbacca

I’ve been using PaleMoon with regularity since another FReeper recommended it (among many).

Unfortunately, my experience with it is as bad as Firefox: It’s a memory hog that crashes with the same regularity as IE (I even reverted to an earlier IE, but no joy). Plugin problems with PM and FF as well.

Opera was just loaded tonight; after a couple of hours, so far I’m very impressed.

The MAIN impressive thing here: My antivirus is running a full scheduled scan in the background and the browser isn’t crashing. (I just checked my cpu performance and was surprised to see it running, as in the past I had to either stop it or stay offline until it was done).

I’ll find out in the next couple days if it works with all our vendor sites...

.02 (my experience)


30 posted on 04/28/2014 8:02:52 PM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: logi_cal869

Do you use Flashblock or NoScript with Firefox?


31 posted on 04/28/2014 8:06:41 PM PDT by Pelham (If you do not deport it is amnesty by default.)
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To: markomalley

So let me get this straight. The U.S. govt. warns me not to use Internet Explorer but says it’s ok to submit ALL of my personal information using ANY browser to healthcare.gov?

Uh huh.


32 posted on 04/28/2014 8:07:06 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: VictoryGal

I have used Firefox for a long time, rather than IE but IE was already installed when I purchased it. I only use IE to check out how my website looks for visitors with IE.


33 posted on 04/28/2014 8:07:36 PM PDT by expat2
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To: logi_cal869

Opera doesn’t seem to support bookmarks, and I have hundreds I’d prefer not to lose. Neither Palemoon nor Firefox have ever crashed on my computer while running a full scan with Malwarebyte.


34 posted on 04/28/2014 8:08:45 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (I sooooo miss America!)
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To: markomalley

“FireEye suggests disabling the Adobe Flash plugin because the attacks won’t work without it. FireEye also said running IE in enhanced protection mode, which is only available for IE versions 10 and 11, will protect users from attacks....”


35 posted on 04/28/2014 8:14:16 PM PDT by virgil283 ('No king .... but King Jesus')
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To: logi_cal869

I use ESET NOD32 antivirus and have no memory hogging problems on my computer.
Also haven’t had a virus infect my computer and not be found, quarantined or cleaned since around 2005.
Running Win 7 (64-bit), 6GB or RAM.


36 posted on 04/28/2014 8:16:38 PM PDT by Chewbacca (Don't you wish you had voted for Ron Paul in 2012?)
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To: Mr Rogers

Maybe I mistyped: They don’t crash, but my system resources get so low it’s like stop-motion.

I hear ya on the Opera bookmarks (they use tiles in the ‘Speed Dial’ interface); not sure how I’m going to address that just now. I just don’t have time to do anything right now but have more than one good alternative to IE with this bug out there. I won’t use Google/Chrome and I needed something stable to get me by...Opera’s stable on my system.


37 posted on 04/28/2014 8:17:59 PM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: Chewbacca

I appreciate that. ESET is at the top of my short list for replacing MSSE if the time comes. If I recall what I looked up last month, ESET & Avast both benchmarked at the top of the list. I’ve had Avast, but I’ve also had it pass malware when in ‘renew mode’ but not expired (still angry about that...same thing happened with NAV almost 10 years ago).

I simply need to get my system upgraded to a quad core + (since I stopped gaming on the pc I’m lagging a bit in that department, to say nothing of disposable income the past couple years).


38 posted on 04/28/2014 8:23:14 PM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: Vendome

Last sentence in the article says 55% of desk top browsers.


39 posted on 04/28/2014 9:00:16 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: logi_cal869

Well, thatz true.

L.A. Z bass turds ....


40 posted on 04/28/2014 9:01:49 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: CharlotteVRWC

its not a perfect world.


41 posted on 04/28/2014 9:58:27 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: markomalley
FireEye recommends that if you can't switch browsers, then you disable Internet Explorer's Flash plug-in.

Been disabled on all my machines forever. Don't run IE with Flash enabled. Wait, they just said the same thing.

42 posted on 04/28/2014 11:45:13 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: expat2
ALT-X then select (Manage Add-ons). From there you can (disable) Flash
from the (Toolbars and Extensions) tab.

43 posted on 04/29/2014 12:12:26 AM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: Exit148
So what happens when I right click on Shockwave Flash Object? What will I not be able to access on the computer? I have Windows 7 Ultimate. (this stuff is Greek to me. Sigh)

I'm not very tech-savvy either. However, when you right-click on "Shockwave Flash Object" and select "Disable" from the menu, I think that some animations embedded in websites won't play. Which really is not that big of a loss. You also won't be able to play some internet games.

44 posted on 04/29/2014 2:14:27 AM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: jsanders2001

You can go directly to the Adobe website and upgrade your flash player, instead of clicking the pop-up.

I once got a a virus that made web browsing almost impossible, among other things. My antivirus didn’t find it. I ended up having to Google fixes (fun, when the browser is taking 5 minutes to load up because of a virus). I managed to delete the virus and fix some of the registry changes it had made, but I was never able to get that computer to work right again. The virus had made it impossible to log in as an administrator on that computer.


45 posted on 04/29/2014 2:30:02 AM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: logi_cal869
(last was sarcastic, but I'm serious about IE being the only browser that works well in the cases of which I have first-hand knowledge)

I have three browsers on my computer at work. Not one of them works equally well for all websites. And MSIE is glitching so badly that I may have to put in a help ticket. I see the IT guys on a frequent enough basis as it is...

46 posted on 04/29/2014 2:33:21 AM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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bkmk #6


47 posted on 04/29/2014 4:09:14 AM PDT by Faith65 (Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior!)
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; Still Thinking; ...

48 posted on 04/29/2014 4:13:52 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: exDemMom

When I write ‘works well’, I mean it permits accomplishing the task; ‘well’ was, well, an unintentional adjective.
Frankly, I don’t know what the heck they did to 10 & 11 but they’re both so buggy I’ll be a permanent transplant if I find something else I can use personally. We also keep at least 2 browsers for that purpose. Mozilla displays frames in one that are unusable. Just yesterday I discovered the login button on one of our websites was nonfunctional under Pale Moon; oops. IE...geez...so many of our task require multiple tabs/windows on the dual screens that IE’s performance is causing a depression in my desk from lost form filling, as my forehead hits the desk every time I see the underlying tabs ‘contract’ I know I’m about to see the dreaded “Internet Explorer has stopped working”...that’s just off the top of my head with no coffee.

‘Glitching’ is putting it mildly...


49 posted on 04/29/2014 5:10:09 AM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: CharlotteVRWC
or Firefox?

I thought we were supposed to be boycotting Firefox?
50 posted on 04/29/2014 6:44:31 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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