04 December 2006 | 6,986 views

Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) Vulnerability Hits the Streets

Cybertroopers storming your ship?

This was a while back, but with Microsoft’s security record it’s pretty much inevitable..

Even before release (as with Vista) flaws were found.


A vulnerability has been discovered in Internet Explorer, which can be exploited by malicious people to disclose potentially sensitive information.

Please use the test below, to see an example of how this vulnerability can be exploited, and also to determine whether or not your browser is vulnerable.

Test Case / Demonstration

The test will try to read content from http://news.google.com/ in the context of your browser.

Follow the source link below for the test.

So much for the “You wanted it easier and more secure” slogan found on Microsoft’s IE Website.

Source: Secunia


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3 Responses to “Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) Vulnerability Hits the Streets”

  1. Gouki 5 December 2006 at 6:55 am Permalink

    “This was a while back, but with Microsoft’s security record it’s pretty much inevitable..

    Even before release (as with Vista) flaws were found.”

    I don’t understand these kind of comments. Regarding Vista security, I don’t see a problem with bugs being found!! Isn’t that the whole point of releasing BETA’s? If they didn’t want the public input they would just save it to themselfs and make one release, the final!

    For instances, the blue pill which was developed by a russian female hacker is no longer exploited, and like these I’m certain that are dozen more. Now, I don’t know anything about the exploit posted, but I just don’t understand all the comments regarding something that isn’t out yet!

    If we want to test the security of something let’s wait until it’s final. Unless we want to contribute with testing, and use the BETA for testing purposes *ONLY*!

  2. Sam Spade 5 December 2006 at 9:30 am Permalink


    “These reports are technically inaccurate: the issue concerned in these reports is not in Internet Explorer 7 (or any other version) at all. Rather, it is in a different Windows component, specifically a component in Outlook Express. While these reports use Internet Explorer as a vector the vulnerability itself is in Outlook Express.”

    Also, the vulnerability is not reproducible on Windows Vista.”

  3. Darknet 5 December 2006 at 4:40 pm Permalink

    Gouki: MS are known for the incompetent coding and pushing out software before it’s ready, often known as public BETA testing. They go for monopoly over security, just look at the way they tried to lock out all of the security vendors in Vista, they only let them in after a fight. They do fix problems…but look at their average patch time for crtical flaws, it’s almost as bad as Oracle. BETA or not it would have the same vulnerabilities if these kind members of the public didn’t point them out.

    Sam Spade: Thanks, didn’t have time to research the follow-ups on this. Busy as hell lately.