October 23, 2002

Browser Upgrade? No Thanks

I think I will stick with MSIE 5.1, thank you very much. Versions 5.5 and 6.0 may be invitations for visitors.

IE holes open up Web booby traps

Specially-coded Web pages can run attack programs on a victim's computer through Internet Explorer, says a software firm. Microsoft is not pleased at the handling of the report.

[...]"Using these flaws in combination with other known flaws that can silently deliver files to the user's disk could result in full compromise of the client's computer," said Lee Dagon, head of research and development for GreyMagic.

In addition to letting Net vandals steal private local documents, the flaws could let malicious hackers copy clipboard information, execute arbitrary programs and fool IE users by forging trusted Web sites, the company said in its advisory.

Posted by fred1st at October 23, 2002 08:41 AM

You should try phoenix.
it's not finished completly yet, but
it's really simple to try (no install,
just unzip the file and run it)

and it has a really nifty feature that
will open a folder of bookmarks in tabs.

I keep my bookmarks in folders on the toolbar
and it will let you open a whole set at once.
You can be reading one tab while the others are
loading. (a real time saver for me)


Posted by: jeremiah at October 23, 2002 09:31 AM

This makes me wonder if I ought to go back and check out Mozilla 5.0 again. I installed it a while back and really liked it. These IE security problems just seem to keep cropping up.

Posted by: Curt at October 23, 2002 12:17 PM

I just installed Phoenix. I like some things about it, and it seems like it will become a contender. It ran slower on my computer than the tabbed browser I use (Netcaptor) that runs on the (hack-prone) MSIE engine.

Posted by: fredf at October 25, 2002 05:15 AM

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