Researcher finds but in IE7 beta 2 after 15 minutes

Posted on Monday, Feb 06 2006 @ 01:35 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
The new Internet Explorer 7 beta 2 is a huge improvement over IE6 but it's still not perfect. An independent researcher spend just 15 minutes with this beta version and he already managed to find a flaw:
Ferris discovered the bug, which causes Internet Explorer to crash when it tries to read a specially crafted HTML file, using an automated security testing tool, called a "fuzzer," that he wrote to test Microsoft's browsers.

"Whenever they patch, I normally run IE through the fuzzing iterations, just to see if there [is something new]," he says. Ferris posted his findings at 8:30 p.m. Pacific time on Tuesday, the same day IE Beta 2 was released, he says.
More details at PC World. He claims this is a completely new vulnerability, which is only present in IE7 Beta 2.


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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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