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.

#34 Re: You mean there is no way to turn off IE???

by pizzach

Saturday July 3rd, 2004 11:15 AM

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Be careful of what you're saying. In Jaguar I would have totally agreed. But really, Is QuickTime uninstallable in the Mac OS nowadays? It might be with some work, but I doubt it.

Safari is presently uninstallable. You could just delete the icon and the program will be gone like most other Mac OS apps. Buuuuuuuuut when you go to software update, there is a reason that it'll try to update Safari, creating a broken program instead of just forgetting that it was there. It's supposed to be there. I'm sure 10.4 will rectify that (in a bad way).

But even with these things being built into the Mac OS more and more, I'm not to worried. At least I'm not using Safari to browse my desktop yet. Even, if the OS continuously tries to force me into using the brushed version of the finder: which is SIMILAR to what Windows users have going on. At least since these are different technologies than what Windows uses, so much of the security issues that may occur because of it are much more benign. Yes, you may eat rice, but the people on the other side of the fence eat mashed potatoes.

Correct me if I'm wrong anywhere peoples. :)