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Thursday, December 1st, 2005, 4:48 am

Internet Explorer Trojan

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The Trojan horse effect

News headlines refer to this recent critical flaw, which affects Windows users (as Internet Explorer can never be uninstalled).

The security bug, exploited by the Trojan downloader, was originally reported in May

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The vulnerability puts computers running Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000 and Windows XP at risk. An attacker could gain complete control of vulnerable systems by hosting malicious code on a Web site. Once an IE user visits the site, the malicious program would run without any user interaction.

Sounds re-assuring. In the mean time, until a patch gets released, Internet Explorer users are discouraged from clicking ‘stuff’ or strongly advised to disable necessary functionality. Otherwise, the Internet may continue to suffer from the existence of Windows zombies, which persistently carry out Denial of Service (DoS) attacks.

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