Re: [Full-Disclosure] Microsoft and Security
From: William Warren (hescominsoon_at_emmanuelcomputerconsulting.com)
Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2004 21:37:05 -0400
Frankly if i hit a site that does not work in mozilla..i email
the webmaster..if they are unable or unwilling to support mozilla
then i simply do not go to that site anymore..:)
Nancy Kramer wrote:
> There are lots of sites written only for IE or clones of IE like Opera.
> Some large sites are written only for late model IEs. Many are from
> large companies. Big business thinks MS is the state of the art and the
> only way to go for business. You have a choice do it their way or don't
> get the benefits of their web site. They play to the user who has AOL,
> uses only IE and Outlook with all the defaults on because if MS does it
> it must be right and they really have no interest in changing things or
> knowing about them. People believe they are protected by big companies
> like MS. They are fools but then like a friend of mine always says
> "business people are stupid".
> They believe that the US government should protect them from hackers and
> spam. That cannot be done but they don't understand that and neither
> do the US legislators.
> Nancy Kramer
> Webmaster http://www.americandreamcars.com
> Free Color Picture Ads for Collector Cars
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> At 05:23 PM 6/28/2004, Burnes, James wrote:
>> Well, this is an predictable, but interesting quote from IDefense...
>> [IDefense linked the malicious attacks to a group by a different name
>> called the hangUP team, also from Russia and also believed to be
>> responsible for the recent string of Korgo worms, Dunham said.
>> "These are hackers for hire and they commoditize every piece of
>> information they capture. This was a very complicated and sophisticated
>> attack," he said.
>> Security experts were still trying to determine Friday how IIS servers
>> were compromised and whether applying the latest patches for IIS and
>> Internet Explorer would protect users from the attacks.
>> "My gut feeling is (patching) doesn't protect you," Dunham said. "If I
>> were a home user, I'd consider using another Web browser, like Mozilla,
>> until a patch comes out," he said.] (nwfusion - 06/25/2004)
>> Well, of course. By why go back to IE unless someone wrote apps that
>> only run on IE and what's the point of that. Might as well write them
>> in VB.
>> jim burnes
>> security engineer
>> great-west, denver
>> > -----Original Message-----
>> > From: email@example.com [mailto:full-disclosure-
>> > firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of email@example.com
>> > Sent: Friday, June 25, 2004 9:41 AM
>> > To: firstname.lastname@example.org
>> > Cc: NTBugtraq@listserv.ntbugtraq.com; email@example.com
>> > Subject: [Full-Disclosure] Microsoft and Security
>> > Where is Microsoft now "protecting their customers" as they love
>> > to bray? Should not someone in authority of this public company
>> > step forward and explain themselves at this time?
>> > All of sudden panic is being created across the WWW with "IIS
>> > Exploit Infecting Web Site Visitors With Malware", "Mysterious
>> > Attack Hits Web Servers", "Researchers warn of infectious Web
>> > sites" all stemming from all news accounts from an
>> > unpatched "problem" with Internet Explorer now two weeks old and
>> > counting, which in fact in reality stems from 10 months ago,
>> > that being the adodb.stream safe for scripting control with
>> > write capabilities.
>> > What exactly is being done about this? Nothing. What does
>> > multiple billions of dollars buy you today. Nothing. However for
>> > $20 million you can almost fly to the moon.
>> > Someone ought to step forward and explaini what exactly is
>> > happening at this public company. The great "protector of their
>> > customers". One might even suggest that their entire "security"
>> > mandate be re-examined. What exactly do they consider a
>> > vulnerability? Something that suits them or something that's
>> > cost effective to fix. So what, a few people lose their
>> > identities, have a few dollars extracted from their bank
>> > accounts, have their home pages reset, we'll fix it when it
>> > suits us as we have to be on budget this quarter. The Big Boss
>> > says $40 billion isn't enough this year.
>> > A vulnerability:
>> > http://www.microsoft.com/technet/archive/community/columns/securi
>> > ty/essays/vulnrbl.mspx
>> > "A security vulnerability is a flaw in a product that makes it
>> > infeasible - even when using the product properly-to prevent an
>> > attacker from usurping privileges on the user's system,
>> > regulating its operation, compromising data on it, or assuming
>> > ungranted trust."
>> > what this gibberish? For the past 10 months the adobd.stream
>> > object is capable of writing files to the "all important
>> > customer's" computer. It has real world consequences. It rapes
>> > their computer. Does it fit into the gibberish custom
>> > definition. Plain and simple: "A security vulnerability is a
>> > flaw in a product that makes it infeasible". What kind of
>> > language is this. Reads like the financial department conjured
>> > it up.
>> > Disabling scripting won't solve it. Putting sites in one of the
>> > myriad of "zones' won't solve it. Internet Explorer can
>> > trivially be fooled into operating in the less than secure so-
>> > called "intranet zone" and it can be guided there remotely.
>> > What's happening here. Where is the Microsoft representative
>> > explaining all of this to the shareholders and "customers" they
>> > so dearly wish to protect. This is unacceptable. Someone must
>> > be held accountable.
>> > --
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