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.

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

by Smigit

Friday July 2nd, 2004 7:44 PM

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Im not sure whether one could be effected by the virus if they dont use internet explorer, but i doubt it, unless they get it via email or some other non browser means. However as since IE (and WMP) are not able to be uninstalled (easily anyhow, you can if you manually do the registry changes) draws me to conclude that the update suggestion is made for the event that you do use IE at some point, which will likely happen at some point. (Windows update requires it for example, as well as some pages might render better with it)