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Old Mar 3rd, 2004, 04:58 PM   #1
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Evidence is mounting that the recent source code leak that affected Microsoft is not limited, or may not even affect, Windows 2000. News stories are beginning to suggest that it actually was source code for Internet Explorer v4 and v5.

Some speculate that is the reason for MS's recent urgings for all users to upgrade to MS IE v6.1 as soon as possible.

If true, this is perhaps more serious than previously thought. Since applications are created from the source code itself, there exists the possibility that exploits for v6x are there; much of it's code is legacy code carried over from the recent versions.

Although no news source speculated on it's affect for IE for Macintosh, it's possible, even likely, that the same source code was used to compile the Mac versions. Although unlike Windows, programs cannot be executed simply by clicking on a web link in the MacOS, it does suggest the possibility of other issues that may have security implications; in particular Active X.

As a precaution, I would suggest anyone who is at all concerned and currently uses MS Internet Explorer as the default application on their Macs, that they use an alternate browser on OSX and older Mac OS's alike.

Windows users should at a minimum immediately upgrade to IE v6.1 and consider if an alternate default browser is also a reasonable precaution to implement.
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Evidence is mounting that the recent source code leak that affected Microsoft is not limited, or may not even affect, Windows 2000. News stories are beginning to suggest that it actually was source code for Internet Explorer v4 and v5.
Good! Maybe someone out the can improve that POS.
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Thanks for the note, gordguide. The only reason I keep IE on any of my machines is because my wife is used to it. Looks like she'll need to take the long overdue lesson in running Safari and Camino. Yeayyy! [img]redface.gif[/img]
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