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Bundaburra IE8 after KB2530548 and KB2544521
Member 15th Jun, 2011 05:25
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After application of these two patches, which were in the June Microsoft updates, is IE8 still considered to be insecure?

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Member 15th Jun, 2011 14:19

The PSI is a Security Patch checker.

This implies that, when you have installed all Security Patches, the PSI will show you as Secure, since there are no further actions you can take to obtain a more secure status (Or at least, any simple actions, done automatically by the PSI and supported by Secunia, such as patching. There are often workarounds on our advisories, which as such are not supported and only recommended for advanced users).

However, Secunia is aware that particularly browsers are not always secure even if you apply all patches. There is a threat from particularly unpatched vulnerabilities, and especially in browsers and their plugins.

Therefore, we provide a Secure Browsing page in the PSI. In the PSI 2.0 you can enable this site on the settings page.

This site will then allow you to determine the security status of each browser on your system, including the prescence of unpatched vulnerabilities. While you cannot as such do anything to rectify these, you can make an assesment which of the browsers on your system you consider secure, or which plugin you would want to disable.

The feature is only recommended for advanced users, and keep in mind that the vulnerabilities shown on this page are not fix - and as such Secunia can't do anything to help you solve the security problems.

Hope this helps.
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Bundaburra RE: IE8 after KB2530548 and KB2544521
Member 17th Jun, 2011 00:42
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Thanks for the explanation.

The reason I asked about this was that I have applied the two patches mentioned, and after that I ran the Secunia scan. After the scan, IE8 is still listed under "secure browsing' as not secure. When I look at the advisory, SA24314, it says it was last updated on 2009-05-12, which is obviously way before these latest patches. Therefore I wanted to know whether the vulnerability mentioned in SA24314 has in fact been subsequently fixed. Your explanation of the mechanism is fine, but does not answer my specific question.

As there have been various patches for IE8 since 2009-05-12, is that advisory now out of date, and is IE8 in fact now "safe" to use?
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Maurice Joyce RE: IE8 after KB2530548 and KB2544521
Handling Contributor 17th Jun, 2011 01:45
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I have commended on this thread which may be of interest to U.

I would still leave this thread open for possible comment by Secunia Support.


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Member 17th Jun, 2011 09:26

Vulnerabilities do not become less dangerous after a long time. Quite the contrary, as the vulnerability become more known, malicious 'hackers' can find new ways to exploit it.

When an advisory puts a program in the insecure category, this is true. Unless there is any specific evidence that the vulnerability is fixed (or our tests show that it is), it will be considered insecure indefinitively.

Contact Microsoft for a resolution if this concerns you. The more people add pressure, the more likely it is they will budge and fix it.

hope this helps.
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