I am passing along another warning about the Internet Explorer program as
released by Microsoft themselves. Mary sent a warning to get a partial fix
on July 07. I don't care what someones computer guru says as this along
with at least 25 other warnings I have read including Microsoft themselves,
says you had better updat and be cautious. This Trojan horse is not spread
by email but by visiting infected webpages and apparently there are
thousands of them. So it is not caught by Norton etc. I am just passing
along what I have been reading everwhere. Just my thoughts Charlie
Microsoft Posts Security Update
Associated Press Page 1 of 1
08:41 AM Jul. 03, 2004 PT
NEW YORK -- Microsoft issued an interim security update Friday to protect
users of its nearly ubiquitous Internet Explorer browsers from a new
technique for spreading viruses.
The update does not entirely fix the flaw that makes the spread possible,
but it changes settings in Windows operating systems to disable hackers'
ability to deliver malicious code with it.
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The security measure came in response to last week's discovery of a computer
virus designed to steal valuable information like passwords. Though its
outbreak was mild, security experts said the technique for spreading it was
novel and could be used to send spam or launch broad attacks to cripple the
Hackers had converted hundreds and possibly thousands of websites into virus
transmitters by first hiding malicious code using a vulnerability with
Microsoft's software for operating websites. A fix for it had been issued in
April but was not universally applied.
Two other flaws in Microsoft products allowed hackers to direct Internet
Explorer browsers to automatically run the virus when visiting an infected
Though one of those flaws remains unfixed, Friday's setting changes thwart
any attack by prohibiting a Web application from writing files -- such as
the virus code -- onto users' computers.
The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team urged computer users to install
the update, saying it would greatly increase protection. But the advisory
warned other types of attack remain possible.
Stephen Toulouse, a security program manager at Microsoft, said the company
still was working on a comprehensive patch to fix vulnerabilities with
Internet Explorer, but the settings change should protect users from the
The software update covers Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000,
and Microsoft was working on ones for older systems. The update will also be
included with a major Windows XP upgrade, called Service Pack 2, later this
summer. Toulouse said the Service Pack will include additional protections.
After installing Friday's update, users should be able to lower their
security settings from the "high" one initially recommended as a stopgap, he
Russ Cooper, a senior researcher at TruSecure, welcomed Friday's update, but
said it should have come sooner than a week.
"It would have taken a couple of hours to put it together as a package, and
(the testing) process can take a day or two," Cooper said.
But Toulouse said given the broad user base for Windows and Internet
Explorer, even a problem affecting less than 1 percent of users potentially
hurts millions of customers. He said the settings could potentially affect
legitimate applications used internally by Web developers and corporate
networks, and special instructions were available to address those cases.
The update will be automatically installed if computers are set to receive
it. It is also available at Microsoft's Windows Update site.
Microsoft shares fell 6 cents to close at $28.57 Friday on the Nasdaq Stock
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