Serious security flaw found in IE (12/16/08) ***Fix released (12/17/08)


A fix has been released from Microsoft today (12/17/08): More information can be found at Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-078. If you have Windows Update running, you should have downloaded this patch automatically. If not, you can download it from here.


Users of the world’s most common web browser have been advised to switch to a rival until a serious security flaw has been fixed.

The flaw in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer could allow criminals to take control of people’s computers and steal their passwords, internet experts say….

Click here to read the full story from the BBC.

The security flaw must be serious if people are being advised to switch to a different browser until it is fixed. Alternatives to IE (which are better =P):

My personal observations:

  • In terms of speed (browser load up time), Chrome > Opera > Firefox.
  • In terms of webpage load time, Chrome > Firefox > Opera.
  • In terms of features/plugins, Firefox > Opera > Chrome.
  • In terms of coolness, Chrome > Firefox > Opera.

I use Chrome because I like how it is faster then Firefox, but I have Firefox installed on my computer and still use it from time to time because many websites do not work properly in Chrome yet (such as Hotmail). My suggestion for people changing from IE, temporarily or otherwise, is to get Firefox.

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  • Phred,

    I think I will take your suggestion and put the date of the article in the title. Thx.

  • Phred

    Ashraf – nice work so far but the internet is one of the most immediate things we have in this life. Info’n ages very quickly so if you are to say that IE has a flaw and shouldn’t be used – is that now, or five years ago? I suggest you put the date of your posting on the TOP of your pages. Nothing is older than yesterday’s news.
    And giving the headline and a UK link puts little value in your site. Give us the guts yourself.
    And improve your own spelling that’s what memory is for.

  • GAOTD Lover

    Chrome is the browser I use when waiting for FF to start up, LOL!!!
    It works well, but FF’s addons will always p3wn anything Chromite.

  • GAOTD Lover

    My dad + brother will be thrilled.
    My dad has FF, but never uses it, my bro has FF, but it doesn’t work right on his system.