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Internet Explorer Exploit Leads German Government to Recommend Browser Switch

Published January 21, 2010

IE BUGSI'm back to continue beating the dead horse. I hate Internet Explorer... and not just IE6. I hate Internet Explorer 7 too. Internet Explorer 8 fixed some of the issues of its predecessors, but in my eyes, it's still subpar when there are so many alternatives available. Microsoft Internet Explorer has always been a buggy, bloated piece of junk with security holes. I've always recommended that people using any version of Internet Explorer should use a different browser instead. And I'm not alone, apparent Germany's government agrees with me!

Last Thursday, Microsoft put out a statement admitting that a "Vulnerability in Internet Explorer Could Allow Remote Code Execution" which, in lay terms, means that "our bad code means that hackers can use your computer if you run IE". And this time around, the bug isn't limited to just old IE6. This affects IE 5 and up, inlcuding IE8 and nearly every version of Windows ("Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, or Windows Server 2008 R2") So, for fun I've put up a little test. See below!


Well, this particular bug is so bad that the German BSI (Federal Department for Information Security) has issued a statement (english) stating that "the BSI recommends the temporary use of alternative browsers" and that "switching off ActiveX controls (running in "protected mode") may reduce the risk, but WILL NOT fully protect you... Please temporarily switch browsers." What does this mean to you? Well, if the German government is telling its citizens it may be good idea to switch browsers, maybe you should too. My recommendation is either Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. Both are faster and safer than Internet Explorer. I commend the German BSI for stepping up and helping internet security by bringing attention to this serious bug. Recht schönen Dank! :-)

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Alex worked on several successful e-commerce websites before joining the RB team. He graduated from SUNY Purchase with a Bachelor's in Math & Computer Science.

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