Microsoft is trying to spin the security flaw in Internet Explorer that enabled hackers to break into Google's systems into a Windows 7 upgrade opportunity. The Register reports the software giant is urging users to upgrade to Internet Explorer 8 and advising to upgrade to Windows 7, but this won't do people much good as IE8 suffers from the same flaw as IE6. It's unknown when Microsoft plans to release a patch for this security flaw.
Sadly, however, MS isn’t offering any timeline on when that might happen. And, overlooking a major PR gaffe, Redmond is instead asking punters to look the other way, by upgrading their operating systems to either Vista (loaded with IE 7) or Windows 7 (loaded with IE 8).
Worse still, it’s doing this even though the firm cannot offer a watertight guarantee that those later editions of Internet Explorer won’t also be exposed to the same security flaw. In fact, they are at risk from the same attack.