Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Hmm...Thinking of a Solution Requiring Less Than a Few Minutes

How to Protect Yourself When Using Internet Explorer
It won't take more than a few minutes to close a security hole in Internet Explorer that allowed attacks against Google.
Preston Gralla, Computerworld
Jan 19, 2010 8:27 am
For god's sake people, just don't use it.

Researchers have created attack code that exploits a zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) as well as in the newest IE8 -- even when Microsoft's recommended defensive measure is turned on.
And fuck Lotus Notes while we're at it. What kind of program turns triangle brackets into rounded ones when you send an email? Probably really an admin's fault, but JESUS CHRIST.


Brando said...

What about defending yourself against fresh fruit?

mikey said...

Trying to come up with a reason to use a microsoft product is an interesting, if ultimately futile exercise.

Let's see. Bloated, clunky, ugly, slow, buggy, insecure and oh yeah, you have to fucking PAY them to use their stuff.


Simba B said...

Haha, that's awesome. a) I love security researchers, they're just like politicians in a way&mdash"On Sunday, Dino Dai Zovi, a security vulnerability researcher and co-author of The Mac Hacker's Handbook".

They're all pimping something. This hacking business is just the vector.

and b) DEP?!?! So this is less of a "oops, we forgot to include some sanity check in a certain JavaScript method" more than a classic memory-manipulation exploit that Microsoft has been (in)famous for for years. Let me guess, "payload of the attacker's choice"?

Some things will never change.

Simba B said...

Also, my school is migrating off of Lotus Notes and onto Gmail. I'm not sure we're trading one set of problems (shitty software) for another (shitty privacy).

Substance McGravitas said...

If you're allowed to use, say, Thunderbird with your Gmail you can encrypt whatever you like.

No such luck with the Lotus Notes.

M. Bouffant said...

If you can use Thunderbird w/ your grapefruit juice at work you're really together.

Smut Clyde said...

Just back from my favourite beer bar in town -- Rogue Dead Guy on tap, woo hoo. Currently full of people from a Linux Conference. I wanted to tell them that "Long hair and a leather trenchcoat DOES NOT MAKE YOU NEO", but they might have turned on me.