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.

#3 more specific quotes/recommendations?

by ratman

Friday July 2nd, 2004 7:34 PM

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any chance of getting something that more specifically recommends moz and/or firefox out of cert or the department of homeland security? the official notice doesn't actually mention either one by name, and though it's pretty unlikely that a branch of the united states federal government will actually recommend a non-commercial product, i get the feeling it wouldn't be too hard to connive a quote out of *somebody*....

i hope somebody at moz h.q. is working on something like this - it would certainly be a big boost for firefox 1.0 development.