I often get asked to fix problems on friends and family's PC's 9 times out of 10 they are caused directly or indirectly by IE. It has gotten to the point where I have removed IE from the menu and desktop and installed FF then warned them if the use IE and stuff up I will refuse to fix their machines.
The last few rounds of virus that I had to clean off where from flash exploits using cross domain scripts. The flash is delivered through valid advertizing companies and end up on sites you would never expect. This is not just an IE problem.
[citation][nom]tomtompiper[/nom]I often get asked to fix problems on friends and family's PC's 9 times out of 10 they are caused directly or indirectly by IE. It has gotten to the point where I have removed IE from the menu and desktop and installed FF then warned them if the use IE and stuff up I will refuse to fix their machines.[/citation]
Its most popular because many businesses and governments use it by default: it comes with the computer and that way they don't have the downtime of finding, installing, and supporting other browsers in their enterprise.
That said, MS should not be proud of that same fact. The reason its most popular is that your customers don't know? I'm certain every systems Admin has recommended switching only for their superiors, ignorant of the real problems and dismissing their employees as "nerds" or such, to shoot down the idea on a cost basis.
Guess they won't be so happy when someone else starts reading their emails and copying IP.
So it doesn't affect user of Vista and Win7 unless they screw with their security settings in a bad way.
So I just read that long article and the hate at the end of it to find out that it doesn't apply to me at all.
I thought about how the exploit works and realized that this problem has likely actually prevented many stupid users from a sick amount of malware issues because of how it prevents local file rederings of content. You win some and you lose some. People can have all the access they want to my system. Ain't nothing there but some sales presentations.
[citation][nom]buckinbottoms[/nom]In other words, you pretty much have to bend over and beg for it before you are actually vulnerable.[/citation]Yeah seriously, isn't protected mode enabled by default on IE7 and IE8? Plus it says you have to be using WinXP? Doesn't sound very dangerous to me.