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Why the latest IE flaw proves Linux got it right from the start

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#1 Blake


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Posted 24 December 2008 - 06:43 AM

You've all heard a major new flaw has been found affecting Internet Explorer all the way back to version 5. Microsoft pushed out a fix out of their regular "patch Tuesday" monthly schedule. The flaw has prompted some commentators to call for the replacement of IE with alternate browsers like Firefox. Just what was so serious? And what do Microsoft say that show Linux has the superior design?

This security update is rated Critical for Internet Explorer 5.01, Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1, and Internet Explorer 7.

It could be critical for previous versions of Internet Explorer too but Microsoft didn't test them because they're no longer supported.

Being a curious type when I saw all the hubbub about a new major critical vulnerability in Internet Explorer I wanted to know just what it was about.

First, the best way to get the fix for your Windows operating system, irrespective of flavour, is Windows Update. Yet, the text accompanying the update is typically brief:

Security Update for Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Vista (KB960714)
Published 18th December 2008
Update type: Important READ MORE

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