M$ Fails Computer Science 101

Once again we see the tragic vulnerabilities M$ has spread over the planet including newbie mistakes in allocating buffers and strings. IE includes vulnerabilities that will allow remote code execution with no user interaction. Just viewing a page will be enough to send your PC to malware Hell.

see “Microsoft warns of dangerous IE browser vulnerabilities”

It’s a good thing IE is declining in usage but this vulnerability could also affect other web-enabled applications. Just being near that other OS makes me feel dirty. Bloated spaghetti code hides everything including vulnerabilities like this in one of the most-tested applications on the planet. Can anyone claim the vulnerability would not have been found earlier or killed early if the application had been FLOSS? I recommend Debian GNU/Linux because opening the code is a good thing for developers and users alike.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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3 Responses to M$ Fails Computer Science 101

  1. Ray says:

    It depends on which kind of IE is it. If it’s say IE9, I wouldn’t be worried as much, but if it’s IE6, I would upgrade that browser ASAP to it, or Firefox if possible.

  2. dougman, when my wife was still using XP, my son routed the “e” to FireFox….

  3. dougman says:

    People that continue to use IE deserve what they get, after all the warnings.

    When I touch a customers machine, I remove all the shortcuts and rename the executable “DO NOT USE”.

    I tell them to use Google Chrome.

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