Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 12 June 2004, Vol 7 No. 20

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w   Two Critical Bugs found in Internet Explorer 6
w   Microsoft Security Bulletin
w   Recent Support BBS Postings
w   Web Site Updates
w   Administrivia

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Two Critical Bugs found in Internet Explorer 6

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

Two vulnerabilities have been reported in Internet Explorer 6, which in combination with other known issues can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a user's system.

According to reports, a malicious adware company is using these flaws to install an adware product on users machines that generates pop-up windows when users browse the Web. According to Stephan Toulouse, Security Program manager at Microsoft, the company is working with the FBI to bring criminal charges in this case.

Information about the vulnerabilities is available in a bulletin from security web site Secunia.

The solution in avoiding these bugs according to Secunia is to disable Active Scripting support for all but trusted web sites, something I've always suggested in this document: How to surf the Internet more safely with Internet Explorer.

According to Secunia, this problem is fixed in Service Pack 2, which should be available later this summer. In the mean time, Microsoft is said to be working on a fix, which would be released as soon as it is ready, instead of waiting for next month's scheduled release.

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Microsoft Security

Microsoft Windows Security Bulletin Summary for June, 2004

Included in this advisory is one update describing a newly discovered vulnerability in Microsoft Windows.

Severity Rating: Moderate

Recent Support BBS Postings

Windows File Protection Message - Windows XP
Backing-Up the Address Book - Internet Explorer / Outlook Express
Screen Resolution defaults to 640x480 - Windows 98
Computer is slow and loaded with spyware - Security / Spyware
No help and support - Windows XP

Web Site Updates

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Added: Two Critical Bugs found in Microsoft Internet Explorer 6
Added: Microsoft Windows Security Bulletin Summary for June, 2004


A computer that is running either Windows XP or Windows 2000 takes up to 30 seconds to go on standby

If you try to put a computer that is running Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows XP Tablet Edition, or Microsoft Windows 2000 on standby, it may take up to 30 seconds for the computer to go on standby.

Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 308467

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