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Well the only safe PC is still in origanal box and not plugged in yet.

But seems like firefox had a few patches last month also.

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30 Mar 2006, 13:45
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Like I said, it's an unpopular opinion :)

http://news.com.com/Second+unofficial+f ... g=nefd.top

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/securi ... 17077.mspx

http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/713878

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticisms ... t_Explorer

Yes, Firefox has bugs, every program greater than 5 lines long cannot be proven mathematically to be bug free. But What I'm taking about is browser security for the common man.

If anyone would like to know how to install thunderbird or firefox, just ask, praxis22@hotmail.com. I'll even do phone support if you don't mind calling Germany during sociable hours :)

I use thunderbird to process the postmaster account of a large international agency, it processes over 20,000 mails per day. Much higher during spam and virus attacks. The thing is bullet proof. It's spam checker, (and scam checker) is nothing short of incredible, it's adaptive learning capability is spot on.

Firefox is fabulous. it's a 6Mb or so download, will do shockwave, flash, quicktime, etc. google video and youtube work, as does myspace, etc. It doesn't do Active-X so you don't need to worry, when patches are needed, they're usually made available automatically by the browser itself, (though you still have to click the warning icon) it comes with a very good, some may even say over zealous, popup blocker, etc.

However, the reall boon of firefox is extensions. especially things like adblock+, and filterset G updater. This is something that will remove ads in real time from any web page. It's like surfing back in mid 90's all over again. It's totally automated, the filterset G updater even downloads filter block updates on the fly. The No-script extension allows you to control what javascript can do and even which sites can and cannot run it.

It does have issues with memory. I'll give it that. But then that's more a problem of my own making. It supports tabs, so if like me you have 30+ tabs open in memory at any one point, it takes a lot of background memory. It does also cache pages to speed tab switching and using the forward and backward buttons, but if you're sensible and you keep the number of tabs down it's not an issue. :)

Seriously, if you're on dial-up, tab browsing without ads, will make an amazing difference to speed at which you surf. You can click on a link with the mouse wheel, and it will load the new page in the background. So by the time you read the first page, you can just switch to the background tab and read the next page. This functionality is available in Opera and will be in IE7.

You can even get a copy of these programs that work on usb keyrings, so you no longer have to trust your data to security comporomised browsers in internet cafe's when you're on the road.

http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/b ... le_firefox

You have nothing to lose by trying it:

http://www.mozilla.com/

New news:
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1943847,00.asp

Active-X in trouble


30 Mar 2006, 15:39
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I just post links to projects I beta-test for MS mostly. And up to user to download or not.

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31 Mar 2006, 03:03
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Hi,

I wasn't attacking you or anything, (apologies if you though I was) :oops: MS is doing a fairly decent job of trying to secure thier systems. The problem lies with the end-user. Most people simply cannot be bothered to take security serioulsy, (even if they're aware that it's something they *should* worry about.)

The way I figure it, the best way to improve security is to move away from insecure products. Rather than endlessly trying to fix and patch the insecure products already in use.

By default Mozilla products are more secure, "out of the box" than Microsoft's default products. XP SP2 comes with a popup blocker for IE6, but how many people are using SP2? How many people are still using IE5?

I will admit there is a danger in being over-confident about security, but installing a more secure product that the user can then forget about is a step up from using a similarly ignored insecure product, or expecting the user to restict risky behaviour, such as looking at porn, etc.


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It's ok, I've tested for MS since Win-95 beta and used to it. :lol:

MS Vista OS will have most of these security features built into it. But I'm going to install it on new HD to beta test it. I have IE 7 beta on here right now.

Apple slid by a long time till last month when it was targeted.

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31 Mar 2006, 16:02
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Considering SP2 has been out for over a year now, and all new off the shlef PCs come pre-installed with it, you can bet there are a significant number of users world wide that have it. I would say at least 50%, as SP1a started forcing everyone to use windows update.

And although I agree that MS products are inherintly more insecure out of the box, keep in mind their philosophy has been to make computers easier for common people to use. Peope have preconcieved notions on how computers should work. And while these are for the most part wrong, when you have the largest user base in the world, you have to design around what works best for the majority.

As an occasional application developer, we often have to decide between functionality and ease of use. Just dependds on your target audiance.

I'm defending Microsoft today? I must be sick. ;)

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12 Apr 2006, 14:48
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New fixes out from Microsoft, five bulletins with patches for 14 different vulnerabilities in a range of Windows products. These are flagged as Critical Updates.

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12 Apr 2006, 18:42
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Hestas5023 wrote:
Considering SP2 has been out for over a year now, and all new off the shlef PCs come pre-installed with it, you can bet there are a significant number of users world wide that have it. I would say at least 50%, as SP1a started forcing everyone to use windows update.


Most corporate clients cannot access WU by design, I work for a large international agency, and they still haven't rolled out SP2.

Everywhere I've been, and every small internet cafe I've been into the world over, has not had SP2 installed. Many because they're running pairate versions and are thus locked out.

I would also argue that they're making it easier, they're not. It's easy for the reasonably technically competant, but the average person has no idea. You still need a fast connection to dowload SP2. 125Mb on dial-up? I think not.

Like I said, I think they're doing thier best, but they need to actually make it a whole lot easier, user education is a waste of time, they don't want to learn. Give them no choice and they will adapt.


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Firefox released new patch also with 21 fixes.

http://news.com.com/Firefox+update+kill ... ag=cd.lede

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Another article

Mozilla users urged to upgrade (Firefox IE)

US-CERT says earlier versions of Firefox, other Mozilla software contain dangerous flaws.


http://news.com.com/Mozilla+users+urged ... tag=cd.top

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20 Apr 2006, 18:35
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Trojan ID Thieves Pose As Microsoft Patches

A pair of Trojans posing as Microsoft patches or updates are on the loose, security firms said Tuesday



http://www.informationweek.com/story/sh ... d_IWK_News

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31 May 2006, 12:44
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New firefox updates out plugged a dozen holes up.

http://news.com.com/Firefox+update+plug ... ag=cd.lede


Also firefox trojan out other day

http://news.com.com/Trojan+piggybacks+o ... tag=cd.top

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27 Jul 2006, 21:28
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Microsoft have released, (and re-released in some cases) many new patches:
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2015292,00.asp

Run windows update!

Also Mozilla have released new versions of Firefox and Thunderbird, (1.5.0.7) To address a few security issues:

http://www.mozilla.com

While I'm at it, don't open email from ebay or paypal. If you get email, delete it, and then go to the site manually yourself, if there's something wrong with your account etc. they'll tell you when you login.

There are some new phishing (fake email scam) mails going about that look very convincing. Better safe than sorry where you bank/credit card details are concerned.


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praxis22 wrote:

While I'm at it, don't open email from ebay or paypal. If you get email, delete it, and then go to the site manually yourself, if there's something wrong with your account etc. they'll tell you when you login.

There are some new phishing (fake email scam) mails going about that look very convincing. Better safe than sorry where you bank/credit card details are concerned.


I got one from a popular bank here in Australia, that said "click here and re-enter your credit card number and account details". And I don't even have an account at that bank. Always finding new ways to part people from their cash.
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Seeing EA is using Quicktime for Trailers some may want patched Quicktime also......

Apple repaired the flaws in version 7.1.3 of QuickTime, which is available via the company's Software Update service and from the QuickTime Web site.

http://www.apple.com/quicktime/win.html

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AOL IM worm

http://news.com.com/AOL+IM+worm+on+the+ ... tag=cd.top

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Quote:

"If home users are the most common target of attackers, Web browsers are the most common vehicle, according to Symantec.

Nearly two-thirds, or 69 percent, of hackers used vulnerabilities found in browsers.

In a surprising finding, Mozilla-based browsers led the list with 47 vulnerabilities, compared to 17 in the last report.

Vulnerabilities in Apple's (Quote, Chart) Safari doubled from six to 12. IE vulnerabilities rose to 38 from 25. "

read more...

http://redir.internet.com/rss/click/www ... hp/3633961


Another Article on same subject from Symantec

"Hackers are hitting paydirt in their search for browser bugs. According to Symantec's twice-yearly Internet Security Threat Report, hackers found 47 bugs in Mozilla's open-source browsers and 38 bugs in Internet Explorer (IE) during the first six months of this year. That's up significantly from the 17 Mozilla and 25 IE bugs found in the previous six months.

Even Apple's Safari browser saw its bugs double, jumping from six in the last half of 2005 to 12 in the first half of 2006. Opera was the only browser tracked by Symantec that saw the number of vulnerabilities decline, but not by much. Opera bugs dropped from nine to seven during the period."

http://www.infoworld.com/article/06/09/ ... rge_1.html



EDIT: MS has latest patch out

Security Update for Windows XP (KB925486)
A security issue has been identified in the way Vector Markup Language (VML) is handled that could allow an attacker to compromise a computer running Microsoft Windows and gain control over it. You can help protect your computer by installing this update from Microsoft. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

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