Internet Explorer 7 Vulnerability

IE 7 was released today and within seconds there was a vulnerability released by Secunia. There are two sides to this…

First, heads are going to roll at Microsoft I would have thought because of all of the ‘we waited forever to get all of this out of the door to make sure it was secure’ hype we have had from them for a while. The last thing they need prior to the release of Vista, which incidentally does not suffer the vulnerability with IE7, is what will undoubtedly become a high profile vulnerability on the day IE7 shipped.

The other side, which makes me sick in some ways… I would bet my left teste that Secunia knew about this vulnerability during the beta and yet, rather than disclose it to Microsoft, as technically they should if they were using the beta, they waited until minutes after the release was announced to tell the world. What does Secunia stand to gain in undermining Microsoft’s security reputation, like it needed undermining in the first place.

I don’t know… You tell me.

3 Responses to “Internet Explorer 7 Vulnerability”

  1. 1 Graham Pengelly October 19, 2006 at 10:17 pm

    Ok… seeing as we’re all a bit slow on the comment front I’ll get you started.

    The reason Secunia chose to wait until today to release their ‘disovery’ is that a month ago nobody would have batted an eyelid. Today everyone and his/her dog is linking to them and we all now know who they are.

    It also means that the world at large hasn’t really benefitted at all. We all now, until the patch comes out, have a dodgy browser. It is a good job we have such moral bastions keeping an eye on things for us…

  2. 2 Andrew Disley October 20, 2006 at 11:30 am

    Interestingly this isn’t just an IE7 issue, the bug exists in IE6 and Outlook – I do love the timing though.

  1. 1 Update on the IE7 Security Flaw « A bit of this, a bit of that… Trackback on October 23, 2006 at 11:37 am

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