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Windows 7: Researchers up ante, create exploits for IE7, IE8

20 Jan 2010   #1
reghakr

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Researchers up ante, create exploits for IE7, IE8

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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. … On Sunday, Dino Dai Zovi, a security vulnerability researcher…, crafted attack code that exploits the unpatched vulnerability in IE7 when it's running on either Windows XP or Windows Vista. … In fact, said Dai Zovi, even the newest IE8 isn't safe from attack if it's running on Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) or earlier, or on Windows Vista RTM (release to
manufacturing), the version Microsoft shipped in January 2007. Users can manually switch on DEP [data execution prevention] -- a move that Microsoft recommended in the security advisory it issued last week -- but without that tweak, most Windows users are open to attack, if not by the original exploit then by follow-ups
like Dai Zovi's. In fact, even DEP can be circumvented, a point the French firm Vupen Security made today. …

Although Vupen has created an exploit that works on IE8 with DEP enabled, it's not releasing the attack code to the public….

Date: 19 January2010

More.......http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9145958/


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20 Jan 2010   #2
fseal

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Would be nice if these people gave the same attention to other browsers and presented a balanced viewpoint.

Maybe there is no challenge. You can't KEEP Chrome from crashing, there are probably a million ways to exploit it. FF is pretty bad at that too, expecially with the zillion, poorly coded plugins of the week that everyone uses.

The continuous bias to the point of insanity presented in the press, fanboys and by governments that wouldn't know software from sand is getting really old.
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20 Jan 2010   #3
reghakr

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
Would be nice if these people gave the same attention to other browsers and presented a balanced viewpoint.

Maybe there is no challenge. You can't KEEP Chrome from crashing, there are probably a million ways to exploit it. FF is pretty bad at that too, expecially with the zillion, poorly coded plugins of the week that everyone uses.

The continuous bias to the point of insanity presented in the press, fanboys and by governments that wouldn't know software from sand is getting really old.
True, but I think they chose IE because of it's dominance in the market.

You're right, they probably could do the same with other browsers.
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