Microsoft spinning IE security issues into Windows 7 upgrade opportunity

Posted on Tuesday, January 19 2010 @ 15:27 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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