Browsers And Security
Web browsers have become today's de facto operating system -- the single place where end-users spend most of their time. As such, they're ground zero for attacks. Technology, though, is coming to the rescue.
Microsoft is prepping fixes for 10 vulnerabilities, with researchers' expecting the highest-priority fixes to involve issues in Internet Explorer and Exchange.
The latest version of Mozilla's popular Firefox browser has expanded its security features.
As part of its regularly scheduled patch release, Microsoft issued fixes for gaping vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and Remote Desktop Protocol. The software giant also released a new feature that, in the wake of the Flame virus, enables certificates to be automatically updated.
Microsoft on Thursday made available its Windows 8 Release Preview, the final development step before the official version is released later this year.
With a July 9 deadline looming for machines infected with the DNSChanger trojan to still be able to access the internet, Google is lending a helping hand to inform users of compromise.
Firefox's update includes a new auto-update capability, while Opera's new release contains functionality to prevent the tracking of online users by websites.
Mozilla, which controls roughly a quarter of the browser market, plans to turn on encrypted Google search by default for Firefox users, according to release notes.
Apple late Monday released a new version of its Safari browser to patch a record number of vulnerabilities, many of which could lead to code execution if a user visits a malicious website.
Google has issued an official update to its Chrome browser to fill 20 security holes, one of which is deemed "critical" and eight of which are considered "high" in severity.
A new beta version of the Google Chrome browser contains malware download protection.
Internet Explorer 6 (IE 6) usage has dropped below one percent in the United States, Microsoft announced Tuesday. Security is a big reason being used to encourage users to update.
One day after releasing version 9 of its Firefox web browser, Mozilla on Wednesday issued Firefox 9.0.1 to address an issue that caused Windows, Mac and Linux users' browsers to crash.
Borrowing a page from other web browser manufacturers, Microsoft soon will automatically upgrade Windows customers to the latest version of IE.
Mozilla joined Microsoft and Adobe with security software updates on Tuesday.
Google Chrome suffers from a security flaw that could allow an attacker to silently execute remote code on a target machine, but the tech giant doesn't view the issue as much of a threat.
Microsoft on Tuesday released eight fixes to address 23 vulnerabilities that lie across its software and operating system components.
Mozilla released an update for its Firefox browser to address what it called a "rare" bug that caused add-ons to be hidden for some users after upgrading to version 7.
Mozilla on Tuesday released version 6 of its Firefox web browser, in the process closing 10 vulnerabilities. "Some of these bugs showed evidence of memory corruption under certain circumstances, and we presume that with enough effort, at least some of these could be exploited to run arbitrary code," according to a security advisory. Mozilla also upgraded its Thunderbird email and news client and SeaMonkey internet suite.
Browser security has come a long way in recent years, and utilizing certain features can help stave off attacks. Our author calls out three browsers he thinks stands above the rest in protecting you against threats and safeguarding your privacy.
Along with the release of its latest platform, OS X Lion, Apple this week issued a new version of its Safari web browser, closing dozens of security flaws.
A San Francisco man who was charged with exploiting a flaw on the AT&T website to obtain personal information about Apple iPad subscribers has pleaded guilty, prosecutors said Thursday.
The latest version of Mozilla's Firefox web browser, version 5, was released on Tuesday with fixes for a number of vulnerabilities that could allow an attacker to crash a victim's browser, run arbitrary code on their computer, steal data or perform cross-site scripting attacks. Mozilla also fixed several security vulnerabilities in Firefox 3.6 this week, but ended support for Firefox 4, which was released just three months ago and received its only update, Firefox 4.0.1, in April. Users of Firefox 4 are being advised to upgrade to Firefox 5.
Attackers are now actively exploiting one of the 11 Internet Explorer (IE) vulnerabilities patched Tuesday by Microsoft, a Symantec researcher said Friday
Microsoft is prepping a large security update for Tuesday, with plans to deliver 16 patches to fix 34 vulnerabilities across its product line.
Apple released a number of security updates for Mac OS X, Safari and iOS.
The software giant ranks fixes for Internet Explorer, SMB as the month's most pressing.
Attackers are exploiting an Internet Explorer flaw ahead of a planned Tuesday fix for the vulnerability, according to the Microsoft Security Response Center. "We're looking into limited, targeted attacks on a known Internet Explorer issue we're addressing in tomorrow's bulletins," read a Monday tweet. Microsoft is readying 17 patches to address 64 vulnerabilities in its April security update, including publicly known issues in in the MHTML (MIME Encapsulation of Aggregate HTML) protocol handler and Windows Server Message Block.
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