Virus from a homepage?

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by dyrwoolf, Jun 5, 2004.

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  1. dyrwoolf

    dyrwoolf Registered Member

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    I have heard that I can get a virus just bu surfing too a homepage without downloading anything or conforming a activeX component. Is this true?
     
  2. Pigman

    Pigman Registered Member

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    Yes, that is true.

    That is why you should download HTAStop, if you don't already have it!
     
  3. meneer

    meneer Registered Member

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    This kind of risk is mostly related to published vulnerabilities in the Windows operating system or Internet Explorer. By crafting pages that use the vulnerability, a script kiddy can exploit the hole and insert harmful code on a system. Noone will out of the blue create a virus distributing web page without knowledge of vulnerabilities.

    As you can see: most of these hazards can be overcome by patching as soon as Microsoft publises a patch (tonight's the night :)), and also by removing the number one cause of infections, dump IE (here I go again...).
     
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