Two Critical Bugs found in Internet Explorer 6
by Arie Slob
Hello Windows users,
Two vulnerabilities have been reported in Internet Explorer 6, which in combination with other known issues can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a user's system.
According to reports, a malicious adware company is using these flaws to install an adware product on users machines that generates pop-up windows when users browse the Web. According to Stephan Toulouse, Security Program manager at Microsoft, the company is working with the FBI to bring criminal charges in this case.
Information about the vulnerabilities is available in a bulletin from security web site Secunia.
The solution in avoiding these bugs according to Secunia is to disable Active Scripting support for all but trusted web sites, something I've always suggested in this document: How to surf the Internet more safely with Internet Explorer.
According to Secunia, this problem is fixed in Service Pack 2, which should be available later this summer. In the mean time, Microsoft is said to be working on a fix, which would be released as soon as it is ready, instead of waiting for next month's scheduled release.
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Microsoft Windows Security Bulletin Summary for June, 2004
Included in this advisory is one update describing a newly discovered vulnerability in Microsoft Windows.
Severity Rating: Moderate
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