Bye Bye IE

Dear Internet Explorer,

Now that The Department of Homeland Security has officially recommended against using you, I’m afraid you’re not going to be missed. You’re a walking security hole.

Although I dumped your ass long ago, I’m so glad the ordinary user will be encouraged to leave you too. Competition is a good thing.

I can’t say I’m surprised, you and the programs that use you are walking security disasters – patched or unpatched. Windows XP Service Pack 2 should remedy a lot of these problems, but what about Win 98? Win2k? The article states the only way to fix you would be to turn off all scripting and ActiveX controls. Then you’d be no fun at all.

Even if your makes “fix” you, and the server they make, people will still find holes in it. They’re very smart and motivated. It’s inevitable.

Some good will come from this, though. Users will flock to Mozilla/Opera based browsers which do a great job in rendering pages. Along with the users flocking, developers will be forced to develop standardized pages. I can’t wait until there’s a 50/50 split in the browser market. Then I may be able to get onto my bank’s site without creating a security risk by using you.

Technical evolution is a bitch.

Have a good fourth of July weekend,
bofe

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10 Responses to Bye Bye IE

  1. morndry says:

    and good riddance, IE

  2. Ross says:

    The comment about people determined to find security holes made me think about the similar situation with security in Windows vs. security in Linux.

    The general sentiment is that, if Linux were as popular as Windows, the number of security holes in both would be about even. Assholes are targeting Windows because it has more people on it to piss off.

    Perhaps the same is true with security in IE vs. Mozilla. The release of Firefox’s v0.9 made me realize that it isn’t being developed perfectly as I had thought before. Even with 0.9.1, I still can’t get my calendar to work…

  3. Tim says:

    vbscript, ms java, jscript (not netscapes javascript), other quirky enhancements from ms “innovations”, operating system integration, etc. IE is flawed. I don’t think you’ll see the same nature of problems with mozilla, because you can’t possibly have some vbscript/activex error give the control access to your machine.. etc.. Basically, the “innovating” and straying from standards is what bites microsofts products in the ass.

    I’m curious what calendar you are referring to. As you obviously notice Firefox isn’t even to a full version release. The fact that your calendar doesn’t work in mozilla shouldn’t be the benchmark of the success for a browser I wouldn’t think, unless you are sure your calendar is 100% compliant with standards and common design practices.

    Saying the popularity of the operating system is the main contributing factor to the security of linux vs. win32 is a weak argument, btw. However, the caliber (per ratio) of experience and technical knowledge between win32 and linux users (in general) does play a large role in it. Removing IE as an operating system component might solve a lot of the security issues, hence the reason the Homeland security office is suggesting against its use.

    In any case, both operating systems can be secured with effort. One just happens to be secured until you delegate access to other areas of the machine.

  4. jules says:

    for those of us Safari users… HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  5. Ross says:

    http://www.mozilla.org/projects/calendar/index.html
    Worked when installed in 0.8, doesn’t in 0.9. 😦

  6. Tim says:

    Notice there is a separate download for Firefox .9?

    http://www.mozilla.org/projects/calendar/download.html#download_firefox

  7. bofe says:

    something you need to realize is that the plugins are developed by people that aren’t as close w/ the moz dev process as we’d all hope.

    they’re working on a standardized plugin architecture…which is a good thing.

  8. Ross says:

    Tim, the v0.9 install doesn’t work. I swear I’m above par. You’d have to be if you want to really enjoy bofe.org.

  9. Tim says:

    I’m not judging any degree of par or technical knowledge, etc. I’m merely saying, I click the xpi for the mozilla calendar, it warns me, I click install, restart the browser, and then it works fine (not thoroughly tested or anything, but looks like the screenshots..).

  10. Tim says:

    This is pretty off-topic, but it follows the theme. If you want a secure (paranoid) OS, consider the following :

    http://www.distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=review-openbsd

    “The record speaks for itself – in the nearly nine years of OpenBSD’s existence, only one remote security hole in the default install has been discovered (and that hole was immediately closed).”

    That’s a friggin amazing claim..

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