Warning to IE users

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  1. $nails

    $nails WhatWouldLordByronDo?

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    just got this message from a friend who works in IT

    firefox ftw!
     
  2. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Its immunity will last only as long as its obscurity.
     
  3. $nails

    $nails WhatWouldLordByronDo?

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    very true. so until that day.
     
  4. Coottie

    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    But on Linux it's immunity is virtually limitless! UBUNTU FTMFW!!
     
  5. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Vmware FTW
     
  6. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    That makes perfect sense actually. The obscurity of Firefox * the obscurity of Linux = so close to zero as to be virtually meaningless.
     
  7. OniMinion

    OniMinion ...recalls when this forum was actually about cars OT Supporter

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    I use firefox and Opera, Opera takes more resources to run, but it definely gets the least attention from attacks.
     
  8. piratepenguin

    piratepenguin New Member

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    To an extent I would agree without a doubt.

    But it doesn't change the fact: probably very close to every day since it's inception, Firefox users have been safer on the net than IE users.

    Obscurity has killer benefits.
     
  9. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    The design flaw of IE 6 is based on the fact that its integrated with the OS - they've done away with that in IE 7 because they've finally grudgingly admitted that removing potential threats is a lot easier than fighting fires.
     
  10. piratepenguin

    piratepenguin New Member

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    Heh.. When security in browsers used to come up in forums I use, someone would always mention that IE is unsecure because it integrates with the OS, and then if we're lucky enough to have a windoid in the house he/she'll explain that the (minor?) way in which IE is integrated isn't unsafe at all.

    And now this..

    I think the biggest flaw is with Windows: hundreds of millions of newbies everywhere are running as root 100% of the time - browsing the web, as root. As soon as the web-browser's compromised, or the IM program, or the mail program.. Crackers can install rootkits or whatever the fck they want, "integrated" or otherwise.
     
  11. Coottie

    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    Add to that the inherent security in Linux (that non-super users can't access any system files) and it makes even more sense. There's a method to my madness...really. :)
     
  12. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    That is true - I'm more than guilty of that practice despite knowing the dangers of it. But some of the previous flaws did not depend on the current user's access level - it could use a service's access level and because some service accounts make themselves Local admins we're back to square one.

    I've recently removed myself as a domain admin at work and I can't believe the number of things I do on a day to day basis that require me to have admin priv and not just on my local computer. I use remote desktop with an admin password but for some other things I don't necessarily want to hop on a RD connection to change a file folder permissions. Or move a backup file around. Or re-run a scheduled task on a server. So do I add my new group back to each individual area that I want access basically negating my security demotion or stop being lazy and remote desktop whenever I need to do something that is domain admin related?
     
  13. piratepenguin

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    I hope not many of them.
     

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