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Beware of Third-Party IE Patches?

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#1 KoanYorel


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Posted 22 November 2004 - 06:15 PM

The absence of an official patch from Microsoft for a known and widely exploited Internet Explorer flaw has spawned a cottage industry for homegrown fixes. Security experts say a browser add-on masquerading as a third-party IE patch is being sold on the Internet, but users are being warned to steer clear of software from untrusted sources.(By Ryan Naraine November 22, 2004, eWeek) Word of the homegrown fixes come as malicious hackers have begun hijacking ad servers to use as a delivery mechanism for the Bofra/IFrame exploit. Microsoft Corp. has not yet patched the IFrame buffer overflow vulnerability and, from all indications, a fix won't be available until Dec. 14, when Redmond is next scheduled to roll out security updates... ..."Microsoft's early analysis indicates that the IFrame vulnerability only exists for Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1," the company said in a statement. "It does not exist in Windows XP SP2 or Windows Server 2003; therefore customers who are running Windows XP SP2 or Windows Server 2003 should not be at risk from this attack."
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Posted 23 November 2004 - 09:40 AM

Assuming MS DOES offer a patch for versions of IE that it says it will not support. I fear that MS's stance on only supporting IE for Windows XP will spawn a plethora (I have wanted to use that work for two weeks, LOL) of third-party patches, free or otherwise. This could be disastrous.
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