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New IE7 browser is buggy

Antony Savvas

The first bugs have been found in the preview version of Internet Explorer 7, one day after it was released to the public.

One security researcher claims he has found a security vulnerability in the browser, which allows remote hackers to crash it and take over a user’s system.

Other faults include compatibility problems with McAfee security software and other security tools.

Security researcher Tom Ferris has released details of a potential security flaw in IE 7. He said an attacker could exploit the flaw by crafting a special web page that can be used to crash the browser or gain complete control of a vulnerable system.

Microsoft has so far not responded to Ferris’ report. It has said however that the new browser is not compatible with McAfee security software – a leading player in the security market. “The McAfee issue is known, and we'll work on this for a future build,” a Microsoft spokesman said.

McAfee said that while there was a problem with graphics, the automated protection offered by its security software was still accessible via IE7.


 


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