Microsoft is planning eight security updates next week – two critical – as part of its regular Patch Tuesday programme. The obvious highlight of the batch is a critical update for Internet Explorer that affects all supported versions of Microsoft's ubiquitous web browser, including IE 9. The second critical update covers flaws …
More bloody IE fixes...
...surely they must have caught them all by now? surely? Especially all the IE 6 ones?
oh wait...this is IE and Microsoft.
Ha ha ha
"Microsoft is planning eight security updates next week – two critical – as part of its regular Patch Tuesday programme."
No surprise there then! Maybe they should try to get things right before they release the software? (or maybe that would be a bit too sensible!)
Sarcasm I guess
Enterprises, even advanced home users love this "this will be patched, this will be too, these are critical, these will effect these" pre-announcements. It would be great if Apple did them too. I heard it is also "copied" by several others including Adobe.
They could be like FF a release new features and before fixing the old ones and crank out new versions of IE for no real reason. Oh I'm sure that FF fixes all of their bugs in their past browsers right ? Whats that you say they don't give fixes for a 10 year old browser ? what that's it case close MS should not provide support for soft ware older than 5 years old .
The point is that the latest FF is Win.version-independent so there's no excuse to use old FF versions. MS choose to lock old Windows in to old IEs for marketing purposes so yes, they do need to patch it.
MS are patching IE 6, 7 and 8 on XP, 7, 8 and 9 on Vista, and 8 and 9 on Win7. The only lock-out is that you can't use 9 on XP, so that's several more patches than would be necessary if what you say were true.
Given that MS themselves have a "death to IE6" campaign, I think it is actually rather surprising that they are still patching it.
As usual, the first few posts excoriate Microsoft for patching security holes.
So, let me get this straight: When MS patches IE, that's bad and an opportunity to lambaste MS, but when FF, et al get patched, that's good and an opportunity to laud open source etc...
Because MS are teh evils and FireFox are all sweet and fluffy and nice, dispite being funded almost exclusively by Google.
Damned if they do and damned if they don't
m$ for patching IE and whatever holes there are in it
However , perhaps a better patch would be one enabling users to delete the damn thing off their systems.
Then we'd really see how many security holes there are in firefox/chrome.
Tux because Yupp you guesssed it... I'm a linux geek
A racketeer or a seamstress?
The Microsoft's main business has been IT racketeering so far. Hence the comments.
M$-spelling: "dispite teh"
at least non-M$ browsers have spell-checkers...
@Boris the Coackroach
"m$ for patching IE and whatever holes there are in it
However , perhaps a better patch would be one enabling users to delete the damn thing off their systems."
Why would Microsoft ever, let you delete things from their systems?
Saw there were comments and thought maybe someone had something to say about the contents of this months patches.. Nope. Just sad lusers waisting space here.
So their points aren't valid? Can't we - as users - expect much better software from MS? Are you saying that sieves like IE 6 should acceptable? Even governments have condemned it FFS. And as others have noted - you actually have no choice to remove it either.
Note: for balance, i find FF's near constant upgrade cycle an arse pain too.
That is how you sell software
By patching IE 6 and advertising the latest IE (even via portal partners), they get the respect/trust of companies and they also say "we do our best to upgrade our users".
They really did and keep doing whatever possible to make people upgrade the IE version. Same time, you just can't remotely disable IE 6 and literally effect World economy/health/whatever in a browser argameddon.
"Even governments have condemned it FFS. And as others have noted - you actually have no choice to remove it either."
Do keep up. Even Microsoft have condemned IE6 and would very much like you to to remove it. In fact, it takes conscious effort to *stop* Windows Update from removing it.
Microsoft keep updating their software to close security holes.
How is that bad?
There shouldn't be problems there in the first place? In software heaven only.
You don't think software from the market leader / the evil empire attracts the interest of hackers, crackers and whatever more than free alternatives?
btw, IE6 users can download alternative browsers, if they try hard enough.