[LINK] Aus Govt issues IE security warning

Stilgherrian stil at stilgherrian.com
Tue Jan 19 21:48:47 AEDT 2010

On 19/01/2010, at 9:30 PM, stephen at melbpc.org.au wrote:
>> .. you could say that the ABC is jumping at shadows, making a big
>> deal out of what is a relatively routine security advisory.
> Hmm well .. possibly .. 
> France, Germany officials warn against using Internet Explorer, Jan19 2010
> http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/France,_Germany_officials_warn_against_using_I
> nternet_explorer
> and, http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/France-Germany-Say-Avoid-IE-Until-
> Security-Vulnerability-Patched-321481

In the French case the "officials" are, again, the equivalent of AusCERT. Here is the original security advisory.


The German one is a little more ambiguous in terms of calling it a warning to switch browsers, in that the Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik did actually issue a media release.


However it appears to have been written before Microsoft said they had a temporary patch.

I'm still having a lot of trouble seeing this as any different from the other security advisories that are released over the course of a year.

That's not to downplay the risk. There IS a vulnerability and the bad guys ARE using it. But it's not the only unpatched vulnerability out there and perhaps not the most significant.


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