Mozilla Downloads Rise Following US-CERT Recommendation to Drop IE

Friday July 2nd, 2004

Wired News is reporting that Mozilla downloads have surged following advice from the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) to avoid Internet Explorer for security reasons. Download numbers approximately doubled in the days following the US-CERT recommendation, which was made in the form of an update to an earlier vulnerability note and comments to the press. US-CERT is a partnership between the United States Department of Homeland Security — the government organisation set up in the wake of September 11th to prevent terrorist attacks — and the public and private sectors.

US-CERT's advice follows last week's outbreak of the Download.Ject virus, which exploited a number of holes in Microsoft's IIS Web server and Internet Explorer to install a password-stealing trojan horse on Web surfers' computers. Microsoft patched some of the flaws before the outbreak occurred and today released another update that protects against the vulnerability by way of a configuration change (though the underlying problem has not been fixed). Windows users should hotstep it to Windows Update (must be visited using IE) to install the patch, regardless of whether they use Internet Explorer as their default browser.

#23 Re: Bank sites suck. - Educate developers.

by MadMaverick9

Saturday July 3rd, 2004 4:42 AM

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Additionally developers need to be educated to develop web sites/web applications in a way so that they work with any browser. On several occasions now I have been unable to even apply for jobs because the particular job web sites required the use of IE. For a Unix/Linux user this is simply not an option.

Being a developer myself I simply do not understand why sites need to be developed specific for a certain web browser. And there is no reason that will convince me otherwise.


<> " ... Complaining to web sites can be an effective means of waking a web site up to the fact that there is more than one browser in the world. ..."

We're gradually loosing our freedom of choice and a lot of people don't even notice it. Freedom of choice of web browser. Freedom of choice of which hardware/software I want to use to play DVDs. etc, etc, etc .....