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Browser Issues: This Blog and More

April 30, 2014

imageA few of you have reported a problem with narrow comments that get truncated on the right. I have submitted the problem to WordPress, the company that hosts this blog. I am still waiting for an answer. 

In the meantime, I have noticed that the problem seems to be limited to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. The problem disappears on my computer when I use Chrome or Firefox.

Incidentally, and I doubt there is any connection, this problem appears on the the most current releases of the same browser that Homeland Security is recommending we not use until Microsoft makes some corrections to solve some serious security issues.

From Homeland Security:

imageOverview

Microsoft Internet Explorer contains a use-after-free vulnerability, which can allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.

Description

Microsoft Internet Explorer contains a use-after-free vulnerability. This can allow for arbitrary code execution. Internet Explorer versions 6 through 11 are affected.

Note that this vulnerability is being exploited in the wild. Although no Adobe Flash vulnerability appears to be at play here, the Internet Explorer vulnerability is used to corrupt Flash content in a way that allows ASLR to be bypassed via a memory address leak. This is made possible with Internet Explorer because Flash runs within the same process space as the browser. Note that exploitation without the use of Flash may be possible.

Impact

By convincing a user to view a specially crafted HTML document (e.g., a web page or an HTML email message or attachment), an attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code.

And this just drifted in from Word Press.

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  1. April 30, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    I strongly urge anyone using Internet Explorer to switch over to Mozilla Firefox immediately. It is free and far more robust than IE. Once installed, find and download the following two add-ons (also free):

    NoScript, which blocks web pages from running scripts on your computer. This can affect the functionality of certain web pages but you can permanently allow the pages you trust. Otherwise, you can temporarily allow pages that don’t properly function when you visit them. The default is to block all scripts and give you the options (which can be a hassle sometimes – but it keeps you safe).

    The second add-on is KeyScrambler, which encrypts all of your keystrokes while on the web, making your passwords and the other information you enter much safer. It used to be an add on to Firefox but is now a standalone program. The personal version is free and you can find it via Google.

  2. Louis
    April 30, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Dan, I gave up using Internet Explorer years ago, Firefox is very safe, but Google Chrome wins in speed.

    • Dan
      May 1, 2014 at 5:45 am

      For just about everything I do, I use Chrome. But I proof every posting in IE because more people still use it. I had not encountered the comment problem until it was reported to me. WordProof support is recommending clearing cookies and cache to eliminated the truncated comments.

  3. Louis
    May 1, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Yes, cookies can be a problem, it is always better to clear them.

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