U.S. government: Do not use Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) is aware of active exploitation of a use-after-free vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer. This vulnerability affects IE versions 6 through 11 and could lead to the complete compromise of an affected system.

US-CERT recommends that users and administrators enable Microsoft EMET where possible and consider employing an alternative web browser until an official update is available.

Note that this vulnerability is being exploited in the wild. Although no Adobe Flash vulnerability appears to be at play here, the Internet Explorer vulnerability is used to corrupt Flash content in a way that allows ASLR to be bypassed via a memory address leak. This is made possible with Internet Explorer because Flash runs within the same process space as the browser. Note that exploitation without the use of Flash may be possible.

By convincing a user to view a specially crafted HTML document (e.g., a web page or an HTML email message or attachment), an attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code.

We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem.

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: For the random Windows PC sufferers who’ve arrived here in the land of computing enlightenment via search or other means:

Don’t stop at getting a real browser, get a real computer. It’s way, way past time.

Every Mac comes with Apple’s excellent Safari, the web browser we highly recommend, free of charge.

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  1. I get to have a spanking brand new PC with Windows 8.1 on it soon for work. How excited am I? Ugh…Hope I get to load it up with Anti everything shot of slipping a prophylactic on the machine itself.

        1. OMG. So I went to check out 8.1 and came to this conclusion.

          1. With Windows 8.1, Mac users are complete village idiots and see only the most unintuitive, convoluted OS ever conceived to date. An operating system with no navigation sense whatsoever. No fluidity in almost any action you do on the OS level.

          2. For Windows Users & iHaters, Microsoft Windows 8.1 is made for Super Duper Geniuses that finds the entire OS super easy, super intuitive, just makes sense, all the tiles, scrolling up, down, left right, confusing control panels and settings perfectly done.

    1. I’m no fan of M$. However, we need them to make the cheap crap that the low end buys, otherwise Apple would not feel the same or as much pressure to improve as they do when the sweaty masses buy crap.

  2. Why not consider deploying an alternative web browser forever? You gotta know this is not the end of it. And while they’re at it, why not an alternative OS?

  3. Most Windows-oriented IT doofuses will not let employees use any browser but the fine Internet Explorer POS. What are they going to do now? Load Safari or Firefox on those beautiful Dell boxes?

    I can see the terror in the eyes of all the doofuses now.

  4. With Safari I don’t even need Flash anymore: Whenever that stupid message appears (“You need to update to the current version of Flash”) where a video should appear, I just use Safari’s Develop menu to switch my user agent to that of an iPad — the page refreshes and the video plays (99 out of 100 times).

      1. Sure: The user agent is something the browser supplies with each request to a website. It generally identifies things like what version of the browser and the operating system it’s running on. A normal Safari on Mac user agent string includes mention of Mac OS X, whereas from an iPad it says it’s on an iPad and that it’s “like Mac OS X” — but most video websites like YouTube see that iPad mention and switch over to showing a version that will run without Flash! It’s annoying that you have to trick them this way, but it gives a little jolt of “ha ha I win” satisfaction when it works!

  5. I still use Windows 7 at work. It’s like a technological time machine every morning. I go from modern computing to medieval in a 20 minute commute. And I’m being kind. It actually feels like using a sharp stone when I have a laser at home.

    1. My work Windows 7 PC froze today and when I hit ctrl-alt-del it popped up a message saying it couldn’t display the ctrl-alt-del dialog box. You simply cannot make this shit up.

    1. Watching 60 Minutes last night, I was gagging with nausea looking at the computers #MyStupidGovernment uses at their nuclear missile silo coordination centers. 5 1/4″ floppy disk quality crap from the early 1980s. Then the high ranking military IT doofus they interviewed DARED to defend their system as ‘safe’. OMFG. 😯

        1. Sorry for the error. I was tempted to think I was seeing 8″ floppies on the TV, but thought to myself: ‘No, couldn’t be. That’s simply too frightening to consider. Must be 5 1/4.’

          It was a very surprising program. There was a nice MAP of where the nuke missiles are located. Lots of landscape shots to compare to satellite maps. Lots of interviews with incoherent people who work for #MyStupidGovernment. Lots of demonstrations of antiquated crap hardware (phones and doors that FAIL), decrepit software.

          Yup Chinese empire! Come on over and nuke the hell out of our nukes!

          Hello Muslim empire! Here are all the nukes you’ll ever want for destroying miracle planet Earth, our only home, for the sake of your delusions that you serve any god other than the one you invented in your own deceptive minds.

          Wide Open

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