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http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=3803&tag=nl.e550

Less than a month after a first pass at patching a troublesome flaw affecting its dominant Internet Explorer browser, Microsoft has announced plans to release two emergency updates with a comprehensive fix for the problem.

The unusual move comes on the heels of a bombshell blog post by reverse engineering specialist Halvar Flake that the original IE kill-bit fix was “insufficient†and that Microsoft “might have accidentally introduced security vulnerabilities into third-party products.â€

Microsoft declined to discuss specifics of the emergency patches until tomorrow (July 28, 2009) but a source tells me that it is directly linked to the Microsoft Video ActiveX Control (msvidctl.dll) issue that was being exploited in the wild.

Tomorrow’s out-of-band updates will address:

* One bulletin will be for the Microsoft Visual Studio product line; application developers should be aware of updates available affecting certain types of applications.

* The second bulletin contains defense-in-depth changes to Internet Explorer to address attack vectors related to the Visual Studio bulletin, as well as fixes for unrelated vulnerabilities that are rated Critical.

Interestingly, the issue of using kill-bits to secure IE from ActiveX control vulnerabilities will take center stage at the Black Hat security conference this year. IBM X-Force researcher Mark Dowd will show how these kill-bits can be bypassed [video demo] to launch code execution attacks.

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The best patch for IE is firefox. Lot's of great add-on's for firefox, especially adblock.

Indeed. I think it's a shame that Safari doesn't have all of those add-ons. That would then be my browser of choice.

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The best patch for IE is firefox. Lot's of great add-on's for firefox, especially adblock.

Yep I use firefox all the time, in fact I've put in on all the PC's in our unit.

IE only gets used if I have to visit the windows update site.

The EU should make M$ offer compatibility with other browsers for this site.

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IE only gets used if I have to visit the windows update site.

The Outlook web access site for my workplace only works with very limited functionality on a non-IE browser, so I have to use it for that as well.

However, the IE Tab for Firefox means that you will at least never have to use the IE front end again.

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The best patch for IE is firefox. Lot's of great add-on's for firefox, especially adblock.

+1

Firefox is faster and safer than IE, with no ads if you use adblock.

Why does anybody use IE?

Oh, and don't forget Propertybee!

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Firefox is faster and safer than IE, with no ads if you use adblock.

Why does anybody use IE?

Oh, and don't forget Propertybee!

For a bit of added security I use a plain Virtual Machine of Ubuntu, when buying products off the net (This VM's sole purpose).

I always find myself installing programs here and their, not knowing the workings of the code written, it's a bit of a risk which can be avoided.

ImgLikeOpera is another good add-on if you are out and about with mobile broadband and limited to a monthly download allowance.

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I mostly use Firefox but the rest of the family uses IE as they don't like the way that Firefox displays sometimes with text overlapping other text etc. Presumably theses pages were written with IE in mind or do I have FF set up wrong? Also, I can't upgrade to 3.5 at the moment as it says that it doesn't support an add-on which is Norton so best not do without that.

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