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Internet Explorer Bug Puts Users at Risk

The US department of Homeland Security has asked users to shun the usage of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. Fire Eye Research Lab, an Internet security software company, announced the presence of the Internet Explorer bug on Saturday. There is no viable solution available for the time being to negate the bug. So, the government has asked users to opt for an alternative to it till the company fixes this blunder.

This is the first bug to have emerged ever since Microsoft discontinued giving out security updates for Windows XP, which was earlier this month. This has not only turned the PCs running on Windows XP quite vulnerable to this security breach, but has also left scope for total compromise of your affected PC, even if Microsoft releases Internet Explorer updates to add a layer of protection. However, it is not known if Microsoft will release a patch for this vulnerability. Meanwhile, you can safeguard your system from malicious attacks by simply disabling the Adobe flash plug-in within Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer version 6 to 11 are highly vulnerable to the attack, however, at present only Internet Explorer 9 and Internet Explorer 10 are being targeted. About 55% of PCs across the globe run Internet Explorer; the best alternative at the moment is to run other browsers such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Also, make sure that you are using an updated version of good antivirus software.  

Another sensible option for Windows XP users at the moment is to upgrade their operating system to Windows 7 or Windows 8. That way, they can be saved from the security breach, which might follow if not handled properly. Recently, Symantec Corporation has come forward to lend a helping hand. They are providing protection tools to Windows XP users (on their official blog) to mitigate this issue.

Microsoft Patches Final Pwn2Own IE Bug

The biggest computer giant & tycoon, Microsoft bagged a handsome amount of fifteen thousand USD on the occasion of annual Pwn2Own hacking contest, using its Internet Explorer tactic on Tuesday. This process was mainly used by a researcher, Stephen Phewer of Harmony Security.  Before Stephens step in killing down IE8 on Windows 7 at Pwn2Own, the company did scrap Internet explorer twice for nullifying the bugs. This made him eligible for the handsome cash prize along with a handsome notebook from SONY.

As far as susceptibility is concerned; Stephen tied three different exploits for surpassing the sand box of Internet explorer synonymous with “Protected Mode”. Squaring the third IE  bug, Microsoft created a multiple-flaw update as a part of its browser, a significant member  of its thirteen bulletin collection. Nevertheless Stephen was praised by Microsoft according to MS11-057 bulletin for perfectly identifying the third phase of exposition; it is declared that it was not the result of any security reluctance. This news is being signified as CVE-2011-1347.

Targeting functionality, Microsoft said that it doesn’t contain any insecure stuff. The main game that Stephen played at Pwn2Own was using the bypass bug & outsmarted the protected mode of the software which gradually permitted him to install a document in the machine, which is equivalent to the imitation of a hacker installing malware. Cyber researcher, Stephen declared that he used MS11-057 amalgamating the last bug for bypassing the sand box of internet explorer. The first two bug comprised of a use-after-free  that was perfectly paired in MS11-018 along with an information leak patching up with  MS11-050.Stephen already made Microsoft aware through Tipping Point’s bug bounty program regarding the activities of patching up MS11-018 and MS11-050, which were the designations of the April and  June bulletins of Microsoft respectively. However according to Aaron Portnoy, manager of Tipping Point security research team, the bugs that were mainly exploited by Stephen was absent in IE9, the recently launched browser of  Microsoft. These were the same words that were heard from Microsoft too. Stephen has been doing research with IE9 and it also turned out to be the first susceptible IE9 being patched as a fraction of MS11-057, with a special reference to a specific & separate bug that was also credited to his name.

Although Stephen is not having any future plans for the competitions, he would like to keep few new bugs ready for him due to some forecasted uncertainty in the computer world. After all he is a researcher & a researcher must keep his weapons handy. MS11-057 for IE, can be downloaded and installed via the Microsoft Update and Windows Update services, as well as through Windows Server Update Services.

Windows® Phone 7 update to get Internet Explorer® Mobile 9

Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft, provided a glimpse of the company’s plans for the year 2011 as it addressed the Mobile World Congress. The company is planning to update its Window Phone 7 operating system. According to sources, Internet Explorer Mobile 9 will be available on Windows Phone 7.

At present the users of Windows Phone 7 are using Internet Explorer Mobile, which is commonly known as IE7 Mobile. There are some features of Internet Explorer 8 added to it. The launch of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) brings with it a lot of performance improvements and additional features. ActiveX filtering and quicker tab closing are some of the new features added to IE9.

If the rumours are believed to be true then this would be a good chance for Microsoft to reassure its customers. Microsoft is likely to release the Windows Phone 7 update with IE Mobile 9. If that is the plan conceived by Microsoft then the August/September time frame for launch can be understood.

Analysts believe that the IE Mobile 9 will be the first major update of Windows Phone 7. Windows Phone 7 will be updated with the latest HTML 5-complaint browser. Silverlight will however remain one of the primary tools for development in Windows Phone 7 and this configuration is understood to remain unchanged.

There are some features which might not get incorporated into the update for Windows Phone 7. There are rumors that there will not be any more updates between the first NoDo Windows Phone 7 and the present update. There are still other analysts who believe that Microsoft will not forgo the NoDo updates completely but will go for an interim update between NoDo and Mango.

There are also reports that the Mango update will bring for third party apps, multitasking support. Furthermore Twitter will supposedly get integrated directly into the People Hub on the phones. Whatever be the case, the final picture of the update will become clear only once the product gets launched by mid September.

How to tile two windows with just two clicks

Windows is a graphical operating system, which can be used for multi-tasking. Each and every operation in Windows can be done with the help of a pointing device like mouse or touch pad. We are now so in habit of multitasking that seldom there is just one window open. We always have more than one window open in the task bar and we keep on switching between the windows while working on various applications. We might have Microsoft Word open along with a music player, and Internet Explorer. If we have to deal with the information in these windows simultaneously then we can try arranging these applications side by side so that we can have a look at both of them at the same time. This can be done by restoring the windows and resizing and rearranging them so that they appear next to each other. Windows has an inbuilt command to do the same in just two clicks.

In this post I will let you know how to arrange/tile two windows next to each other with just two mouse clicks.

Step 1: The basic requirement of tiling two windows side by side needs to have two windows open. So please open any two windows which you wish to arrange in a tiled position next to each other.

Once you open the windows you will get them listed in the task bar at the bottom. Now is the time to arrange them next to each other and to do so you will just need two mouse clicks – one right click, and one left click.

Step 2: Right click on the task bar to open the context menu.

Step 3: Click on the option called ‘Cascade windows side by side’

That would be all. Now you have successfully arranged the two windows you were working upon side by side in just two mouse clicks. Arranging windows this way makes them of the same size and nicely arranged from top to bottom. Please note that the option called ‘Cascade windows side by side’ which we get by right clicking the task bar may vary depending upon the version of Windows operating system you have, but it will have the command for this sort of arrangement for sure. Along with arranging the windows side by side you can also click to cascade windows or stack all the open windows. These three arrangements, of cascading, cascading side by side and stacking are available in almost all the versions of the Windows operating system by default, however, the names for these arrangements can vary.  Try doing the same with multiple windows and you will be amazed to see how smartly Windows will arrange all the open windows. The arrangement is neat and there is no need to keep on restoring and manually moving the windows.

Microsoft® patches Windows® and Internet Explorer®

In February 2011, Microsoft issued three bulletins related to the Internet Explorer (IE) security based patches for each week. These bulletins address 22 security vulnerabilities. MS11-003 carries updates related to 4 vulnerabilities. Also included is a fix for the bug that is outlined in the Microsoft advisory. This is a bug that could give outsiders access to a person’s settings.

Focused on this vulnerability, the task of removing this bug has been downplayed by Microsoft. To put this point through, Microsoft released telemetry statistics to state how the vulnerability can stack up against the patched vulnerability of Windows Shell, and explaining why a fix could not be released other than the normal cycle of release.

The next vulnerability addressed is the attack on thumbnail image. This fixes a loophole in the security of Microsoft Windows Graphic Engine that allows attacks on the files with thumbnail address. It allows outsiders gain knowledge and use of the incumbent’s computer and makes them load a specially formatted image. This problem is there in Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008. However, it is absent in Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 as Microsoft puts it.

The third or the other vulnerability is against open type compact font attack that has led to load a malicious font type which then spreads to the system. Rating second in the index, this vulnerability is rendered a patch remedy now. The vulnerability has also been disclosed privately and rates high in the index list.  Along with these patches, Microsoft is also changing the Autorun facility on USB thumb drives in previous versions of Windows, earlier than Windows 7.

The update tackles basically 22 vulnerabilities that have come up in the course of the discovering of vulnerabilities as per reports and actual experiences. The extent to which these vulnerabilities affect the Windows operating system is to a great extent available to Microsoft based on which they release patches and updates every week. On February 8, 2011, these patches were released which would have taken effect by now.

Windows® Phone 7 update

It is true that nowadays most of the people who are going for purchasing phones whether it is Nokia or Samsung, they always want the phone to have the most updated hardware and along with that the OS would be updated too. In several cases it was seen that most of the phones manufactured by Nokia were actually being run by the Symbian OS. This was a major problem with the phones because then most of the phones did not support applications and stuffs, which could be done over the computer and on the Internet. This problem was solved by the sudden movement of the introduction of the Windows Phone 7 OS, which made them a powerful gadget.

Most of the people who missed things like instant webpage development and HTML support in their phones were now stunned to find the difference in the speed and managing capabilities of the new phones, which were available in the market with the new Windows updates. However, this fact is absolutely true that only ninety percent Windows Phone 7-based mobiles are updating fine while others are facing issues regarding the updating.

In most cases it was seen that these phones which supported the Windows Phone OS had several new applications like the background web applications which were to be hiding when not in use. However, they provided all the current notifications and they supported several applications as well. The constant running of the background applications supported instant caching of the web pages and instant loading as well.

Besides, there were several other updates which were included in the phones that were the usage of the social networking sites. Another great feature of most of the phones supporting Windows Phone was the updated versions of the Internet Explorer, which provided HTML support. Updating problems persist in 10 percent of the phones. But it is good to know that the problem won’t last for long and steps are being taken to fix the issues as soon as possible.

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