The latest version of IE is 6, and it has certainly accumulated an impressive record of holes: 153 since 18 April 2001, according to the SecurityFocus Vulnerabilities Archive. There have been some real doozies in there. For instance, last August, Microsoft issued a patch that fixed a hole that the company described this way: “It could be possible for an attacker who exploited this vulnerability to run arbitrary code on a user’s system. If a user visited an attacker’s Web site, it would be possible for the attacker to exploit this vulnerability without any other user action.” Oh, is that all? Well, that’s super - simply visit a Web page, and you’re 0\/\/N3d, d00d!
I could go on and on. Look, let’s be honest with each other. We all know this is true: IE is a buggy, insecure, dangerous piece of software, and the source of many of the headaches that security pros have to endure (I’m not even going to go into its poor support for Web standards; let that be a rant for another day). Yes, I know Microsoft patches holes as they are found. Great. But far too many are found. And yes, I know that Microsoft has promised that it has changed its ways, and that it will now focus on “Trustworthy Computing.” But I’ve heard too many of Microsoft’s promises and seen the results too many times. You know, fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Who’s shamed when it’s “fool me the 432nd time”? Who’s the fool?
We’re security pros, and we know the score. It’s time. It’s time to tell our users, our clients, our associates, our families, and our friends to abandon Internet Explorer.
This is: brett's logjam → June 25, 2004.