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Microsoft Releases 2 Critical Updates, Patches 59 IE Holes
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Robert McDougal
Robert McDougal,
User Rank: Ninja
6/12/2014 | 11:51:51 AM
Re: Other Browsers
I primarily use Chrome or Firefox.  However, there are certain internal web apps which only work with IE.  As such, the only time I use IE is when I work with those web apps.
RyanSepe
RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
6/12/2014 | 10:24:32 AM
Re: Other Browsers
Also, looking back into this from an enterprise perspective. Many 3rd party vendors create web apps working natively with one browser. Whether it be IE, Chrome, Firefox, etc. I think it is important to have a secondary browser accepted within your organization with similar security lockdowns as your first browser. This way you can remain secure while staying functional.

Side note: Have you ever tried to use a webapp or console using an incompatible browser? Its a terrible experience.
Gigi3
Gigi3,
User Rank: Strategist
6/12/2014 | 3:55:51 AM
New patches from MS
"Two of the bulletins were categorized as critical (five as important) and three cover vulnerabilities that allow for remote code execution. In all, Microsoft patched 66 unique common vulnerabilities and exposures in Microsoft Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, Live Meeting, Lync, and Lync Server. To Microsoft's knowledge, none of the vulnerabilities are being exploited in the wild at this time. Many of the vulnerabilities patched yesterday are less important to use"

Sara, then how they identified these loop holes? Normally these loop holes are either reporting by customers after exploited by hackers or developers on pre release versions.
Randy Naramore
Randy Naramore,
User Rank: Ninja
6/11/2014 | 4:45:08 PM
Re: Other Browsers
I only use IE if I have to. Chrome is a good browser and most sites work well with it.
RetiredUser
RetiredUser,
User Rank: Ninja
6/11/2014 | 3:37:59 PM
Re: Other Browsers
@RyanSepe

I absolutely agree.  As a GNU/Linux hacker, I don't touch Windows systems unless I'm at work where it's part of my job.  But I'm not the average user so my Windows caskets are always locked down pretty tight.  I do not user IE when on Windows, though.  In fact, I try to do everything I need to do online through Lynx via Cygwin, or using a locked down Firefox instance, portable install off a USB. 

Some old arguments for IE included more and more sites using Silverlight, but that has a Firefox plugin now, too, so...  I've yet to see any argument for IE that wasn't countered, and often sent users running for other browsers (excluding Microsoft-centric developers, of course, or users of web-based applications written only for IE).
securityaffairs
securityaffairs,
User Rank: Ninja
6/11/2014 | 3:21:02 PM
Re: Big Update for Windows 8
It is an important strategy, a must to preserve Microsoft users. Sincerely I still haven't understood why Microsoft has spent so much time to release the last critical update.

Better late than never
RyanSepe
RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
6/11/2014 | 3:00:35 PM
Other Browsers
Not to by cynical, but is there any reason not to move to another browser? (Chrome or Firefox) It seems like there has been many vulnerabilities exposed for IE lately and from my experience at least with Chrome the browser is much smoother. Thoughts?
Michael Endler
Michael Endler,
User Rank: Apprentice
6/11/2014 | 2:20:35 PM
Big Update for Windows 8
It's worth noting that this Patch Tuesday included a bit of a strong-arm move by Microsoft: If you're running Windows 8 but not 8.1, you no longer get security updates. If you want to get updates again, you have to move to 8.1.

I sort of see where Microsoft is coming from. Windows 8.1 is substantially better than Windows 8, yet about half of the combined 8/8.1 user base is still using the original version. Given that Windows 8 still suffers from reputation problems tied to the original release, I can see why Microsoft feels compelled to move people along. That said, we'll see if the tactic comes back somehow to bite them. Whereas Apple seems to push users along without too much incident, Microsoft often seems to run into trouble.


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