Google Hack Helped Along By Hole In Internet Explorer… Oh Noes!

If you’re still running Internet Explorer, it may be time for you to switch to something else. Why? It now turns out that Internet Explorer helped to facilitate the attack on Google via a security hole in the browser. Microsoft has posted a security advisory on the issue:

Our investigation so far has shown that Internet Explorer 5.01 Service Pack 4 on Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 is not affected, and that Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 on Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4, and Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8 on supported editions of Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2 are vulnerable.

However, the advisory goes on to say that they’ve only seen attacks using Internet Explorer 6. Therefore if you’re still running that version, you might want to upgrade to Internet Explorer 8 to protect yourself. That’s what France and Germany are suggesting that you do. Or you could just switch to Firefox or Chrome as the same security holes exist in IE 7 and 8. That means that attacks may appear for those browsers as well.

Let’s hope that a patch for this appears quickly as this isn’t a good situation.

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