Monday, October 06, 2003

Internet Explorer Critical Update

Internet Explorer Critical Update

Microsoft does not notify you when it issues software updates ... keep that in mind, as a Trojan horse has been masquerading as email from Microsoft.

Regardless, a new update pack for Internet Explorer is now available. The blurb on the Windows™ Update site (emphasis is mine) says:

October 2003, Cumulative Patch for Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 (KB828750)

Download size: 2.1 MB, 9 minutes

Security issues identified in Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) could allow an attacker to compromise systems with IE installed (even if IE is not used as the Web browser). For example, an attacker could run programs on a computer used to view the attacker's Web site. Download this update from Microsoft to help protect your computer. After installation, you may have to restart your computer."

Get it now. The only way we can effectively combat the Trojan hatchers and Virii Weenies is to maintain vigilence. Don't open attachments in email. Scan your computer for virii daily (set it up as a task to run automagically) and be sure to keep your virus definitions file up to date. Use a Trojan horse file scanner, such as SpyBot-S&D or Ad-Aware. Maintain vigilence. Act decisively.

Class Dismissed!!!

Written by olddog299 . Link to this entry
This entry has 2 comments: (Add your own)
True enough, Pam - if you have Windows Update enabled you'll be notified in that fashion.

Macs have their own problems, but which would you target -- a million or ten Mac owners or 100 million Windoze users? Linux also has problems, although often they are of the "Security Hole" kinda problem. And I have NO INTEREST in starting up the Mac vs. Windoze PC wars here - they both have their place in the world.

Comment from olddog299 - 10/8/03 4:33 AM

microsoft, as far as i know doesn't send out updates in email .. but i do get updates (pop up windows) on an almost daily basis
honestly, what i get tired of are the mac users who keep pointing out its always windows with security issues .. i wonder if the mac world is really protected or the people sending these viruses and trojans want to get as many people as they can .. and going after macs is only going to effect a few dozen people lol
Comment from his1desire - 10/7/03 8:35 AM