OK, I take back everything I said about Linux (AJ 7.2.01). Not because Linuxians have become less creepy but because 'the other side' is not looking too good either. Microsoft boss Bill Gates recently announced that security was going to be the company's preoccupation for the future. Naively everybody in the trade assumed he meant that his monopoly would start the checking and rewriting of MS codes which allowed security breaches.The first thing MS did was to appoint a bloke who is a security and cybercrime specialist at PricewaterhouseCoopers - and a lawyer, reports that excellent newsletter The Register at www. the register. co. uk.So now we know whose security Gates was really talking about.
Let's be fair, the Evil Empire has done something about our security as well. It has revealed a 'critical severity' bug in Internet Explorer which allows rival practices and stalkers to harvest your cookies via MSN Messenger and read your documents.Or as MS put it, 'the most serious [vulnerability] could allow an attacker to run code on another user's system.You can see a demo of how the bug can be used to steal cookies at www. osioniusx. com/.' Cookie stealing can result in impersonation, stealing of credit card numbers, etc, 'warns the site.
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Explanation of the install-immediately patch for all versions of Internet Explorer from 5.01 to 6, and the link to the patch site itself are at www. microsoft. com /technet/treeview/default. asp? url=/ technet/security/bulletin/MS02-005. asp Once at the site, select English below the Download box and click on the version of Explorer you have installed.
Don't know? Click on Help in the top bar of the Explorer screen and then About Internet Explorer.You will find the version number at the top of the box and about four lines down the update version which will be an SP1 or SP2.Download to a folder, then run the file and restart your computer.Safe and sound - maybe.