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Forum Thread: 8.0.6001.18702 flagged insecure fix - not available

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MacNala 8.0.6001.18702 flagged insecure fix - not available
Member 1st Apr, 2010 12:16
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I regularly check with PSI that my systems are up to date. I have just got the result that IE8 is insecure, the version installed being 8.0.6001.18702.
I clicked the link to download the solution which goes to the Microsoft Update Home page and I cannot find any update from MS for this flagged insecurity.
My system is Windows XP SP3.

Flagging a program as insecure and offering a fix (albeit from Microsoft) is fine but if there is no fix then it calls into question Secunia's checking.
What other checks are being done which do NOT show up known security fixes?
This appears to be a quality failure!!

TiMow RE: 8.0.6001.18702 flagged insecure fix - not available
Dedicated Contributor 1st Apr, 2010 14:04
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Hi MacNala

I guess you were probably hoping for a response from Secunia, but either p.o.e.t.s. day is one day earlier in DK, or Maundy Thursday is a free day there.

Strange how these things are:-

I have the same OS as you, the same IE v. no. (showing only in patched) - just ran a fresh scan - giving no listing of IE in insecure - just the normal cat.3 threat in secure browsing (SA38416 applies).

If I remember rightly v. 8.0.6001.18702, was an urgent security update that was required after Google had their security problems in China (Jan/Feb time) - some believed that a hole in IE was responsible for hackers getting into Google (allegedly).

As far as I'm aware this was the last and latest update, so there is no solution/update available (and barring further incidents, wont be until IE9 comes out later in the year) .... as I said, strange that PSI flags it as insecure for you, but not for me.

Sorry if this is not what you wanted to hear.

TiMow

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M.Hansen RE: 8.0.6001.18702 flagged insecure fix - not available
Secunia Official 1st Apr, 2010 14:21
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Hi!
Some of us can not keep away from our forum doing weekends and holidays, i hope you don't mind ;-)

The reason we decided to show "Insecure, no solution" programs in the "Secure Browsing" tab is that the browser is the primary tool for users to access the Internet, and thus the primary source for users to get compromised.

Letting the users know if their browser and plug-ins/add-ons has known vulnerabilities is a great way to work around them.

The user can either decide to ignore the warning (Since we're not forcing anyone)
or take the means necessary to avoid or simply lessen the change of being compromised.

The user could decide to change the default browser used, or deactivate the insecure plug-in, or simply change the security settings, depending on the nature of the vulnerability.
MacNala RE: 8.0.6001.18702 flagged insecure fix - not available
Member 1st Apr, 2010 17:09
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Perhaps I did not make it clear. The insecurity is flagged in the insecure programs not the insecure browsers tab. I know that IE8 is insecure but have taken appropriate precautions to prevent as far as possible any potential vulnerabilities.
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TiMow RE: 8.0.6001.18702 flagged insecure fix - not available
Dedicated Contributor 1st Apr, 2010 17:22
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I understood what you meant - but I don't think it changes anything.

The same version number shows under your insecure tab after a scan, but not on mine, using XP SP3.

As far as I can see, nothing has changed since the last update of a couple of months ago.

Very strange.

TiMow

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cacasal RE: 8.0.6001.18702 flagged insecure fix - not available
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Last edited on 1st Apr, 2010 19:10
I too am getting the same insecure classification for IE 8.0.6001.18702, and there is not a fix offered. I use Firefox as my default browser ( 3.6.2)...Just wondering what the solution is, or is there REALLY a problem with I.E.
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lehmag RE: 8.0.6001.18702 flagged insecure fix - not available
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I'm getting it too.
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cadence yedmore RE: 8.0.6001.18702 flagged insecure fix - not available
Member 2nd Apr, 2010 04:41
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I have version 8.0.6001.18904IC according to the "About IE" in the Help pull down menu and Secunia has flagged IE insecure, but says I have version 8.0.6001.18882. I'm perplexed.

later,
Dave
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MaritimeRider RE: 8.0.6001.18702 flagged insecure fix - not available
Member 2nd Apr, 2010 05:16
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When IE8 first became available it was flagged as insecure. From what I read at the time it was still more secure in comparison to other available browsers. The main insecurity that was mentioned as having problems with security was IE6 which is still in use by some users. I use IE8 and awhile back received the same message as you mention. After reading the followup I continued using it, rec'd no more flags and remain as a 10 score sometimes briefly changing for other flags.
Just recently there was a couple of urgent updates for IE8 which MS downloaded to my system. Check your download history and if you have the current one it was installed 01/04/10. My updates are installed automatically ea. Tue.This does save time.I still check them so I do not have a false sense of security. Since this is a holiday w/e there may be less posters but come Mon. or sooner someone more experienced than I may address this more.
Easter greetings and hope this makes the issue clearer than mud
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MacNala RE: 8.0.6001.18702 flagged insecure fix - not available
Member 2nd Apr, 2010 10:16
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Last edited on 2nd Apr, 2010 10:17
Please be aware that the oriiginal report was that the program IE8 was flagged as insecure. Not that the browser IE8 was insecure which it remains.
There may have been a change in the security profiles that download from Secunia since my report as without any changes to IE the report has ceased to be present in the program section.
IE8 still remains insecure as a browser (ref SA38416).

As far as I am concerned this problem has been fixed by Secunia.
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J R Smith RE: 8.0.6001.18702 flagged insecure fix - not available
Member 3rd Apr, 2010 15:18
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I see this as a good thing, actually. I have no problem with this program reminding me that IE is insecure even though I don't use the browser (except to connect with their update site). It's not Secunia's fault that IE is, and always has been a weak program as far as security is concerned. I see this as a friendly reminder telling me not to use IE.

What I would prefer to see is the governments of the world get together and put a stop to the creatures who exploit these vulnerabilities in the first place. Then maybe these companies could focus their energies on features rather than security. If Internet Explorer has a problem, don't blame the messenger.
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