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.

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

by SomeGuy

Saturday July 3rd, 2004 5:12 AM

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The problem is that most web developers are not as smart as you.

I know a number of people who claim to be "web developers" but they know nothing about the underlying technology. All they know is that they can make a quick buck by typing stuff in to FrontPage or slopping together some HTML code by hand. Often they don't even know that there are browsers other than IE. They never know or care if their code is valid or standard - if it works in IE 6.0 they think it is correct. There is a good chance half of the junk the produce won't even work in the next version of IE more or less a standards compliant web browse like Mozilla.

Management never cares about compatibility as long as it works on whatever browser is installed on their computer. And they don't want to hire good developers or spend time correcting the problems created by these bad developers as that costs money.

We need to get the word out that these people are now supporting terrorism by supporting only IE.