Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,
This week, bugs were found in both Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Netscape's Communicator Web browser.
Microsoft Internet Explorer has a security hole that could expose people's private files to malicious Web site operators.
This bug has to do with the way Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser handles the Java programming language. It was discovered by Georgi Guninski, who has discovered several bugs in the past.
Guninski posted a demonstration of the exploit on his Web site, and recommended disabling Java or disabling scripting of Java applets pending a fix from Microsoft.
At the same time Bennett Haselton, a bug hunter and anti-content-filtering activist, found a bug in Netscape's Communicator browser that lets a hostile Web site glean private information from a visitor, including but not limited to that visitor's bookmarks.
Haselton posted a demonstration of this bug on his Web site.
To combat the vulnerability, users could simply change their (user) profile since the problem only exists if the profile is set to default.
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