Bill Gates Strikes Again

Microsoft warns of serious computer security hole

Microsoft Corp. has taken the rare step of warning about a serious computer security vulnerability it hasn’t fixed yet.

The vulnerability disclosed Monday affects Internet Explorer users whose computers run the Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 operating software.

It can allow hackers to remotely take control of victims’ machines. The victims don’t need to do anything to get infected except visit a Web site that’s been hacked.

Security experts say criminals have been attacking the vulnerability for nearly a week. Thousands of sites have been hacked to serve up malicious software that exploits the vulnerability. People are drawn to these sites by clicking a link in spam e-mail.

The so-called “zero day” vulnerability disclosed by Microsoft affects a part of its software used to play video. The problem arises from the way the software interacts with Internet Explorer, which opens a hole for hackers to tunnel into.

Microsoft urged vulnerable users to disable the problematic part of its software, which can be done from Microsoft’s Web site, while the company works on a “patch” — or software fix — for the problem.

See also:
Microsoft Security Advisory (972890)
Microsoft: Attacks on Unpatched Windows Flaw
Windows users ambushed by attack on fresh IE flaw
Hackers exploit second DirectShow zero-day using thousands of hijacked sites
New attack code targets Microsoft ActiveX zero-day vulnerability
Zero-Day Video Exploit Hits Windows XP
Zero-day Windows flaw fuels IE attacks

/let’s have a big round of applause for Bill and his magnificent software

You’re Going To Get IE8 Whether You Like It Or Not

Microsoft tired of waiting

Microsoft, disappointed by the low adoption rate for the company’s latest iteration of its Internet Explorer web browser, will from next week begin pushing the software to computer users through the Windows automatic update feature.

The target in the drive to expand use of Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) is the more than 90% of the IE user base still on versions six and seven. According to research firm Net Applications, IE8’s share of the IE market has reached 4.36% but overall IE share dropped to 60.90% this month.

See also:
Microsoft to start pushing IE 8 browser
Microsoft To Push Automatic Rollout For Internet Explorer 8
Internet Explorer 8 to hit Automatic Update
Microsoft rolls out automatic Internet Explorer 8 update
Why you should not install Internet Explorer 8
Internet Explorer 8 has good, bad sides

I tried installing IE8 a couple times a month or so ago, but it refused to open some of the websites on my Favorites list so I uninstalled it and went back to IE7.

/so, you’ve been warned, if you don’t want IE8, pay attention to which automatic updates you install next week