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.

#8 With Mircosoft, it only gets worse :-(

by DP3_001

Friday July 2nd, 2004 8:58 PM

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Seeing this story was the last straw for me, and it should be for anybody out there who has an IBM PC-based computer system. In the short term, only use IE if you have to & use an alternative browser (Hint: Firefox). Long term? Dump Microsoft entirely. Their OS is supposedly so good, yet you have to have all this crap on 24/7 just to make sure that's the case, eating up system resources. I actually remeber a time when going to the Windows Update site was a rariety. Those days are LONG gone.

BTW: Opera downloads haven't changed at all. Hmmm ... I wonder what that means? ;-)