EMET upgraded to 3.0, allegedly prevents remote computer access
Microsoft has released a free patch to protect PCs from a serious "zero-day" bug discovered in its recently-released Internet Explorer 9 browser. The flaw's exploit is known as "Poison Ivy" and can be used to allow remote control of an infected PC. Microsoft has said it will advise customers to install the temporary patch, allowing more time to permanently fix the bug and release a new version of Internet Explorer. The free patch, known as the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit or EMET, is now available from Microsoft.
Vulnerabilities affect Windows, IE9
In a posting on Security TechCenter, Microsoft today gave advance notification of security bulletins to be released on July 10, 2012. The vulnerabilities to be addressed affect Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer 9, Office, Server Software, and Microsoft Developer Tools. Six of the patches are listed as "Important," while the remaining three are listed as "Critical."
Safari edges out Chrome, Firefox likewise on Win
The team at Tom’s Hardware have run their latest head-to-head test of web browsers. All the leading browsers for the Mac and PC platforms were tested and included Opera, Firefox, Safari, IE 9 and Chrome. Coming out on top for the Mac platform was Apple’s own Safari browser, while Mozilla’s Firefox is currently the fastest browser available on the Windows platform.
Browsers compared based on power consumption
Microsoft has staked an interesting claim regarding Internet Explorer 9, essentially labeling it the greenest browser. In an IEBlog post, the company graphed results from power consumption tests using IE9, Chrome 10, Firefox 4, Opera 11 and Safari 5. The first three browsers showed close numbers on an idle system, however IE9 achieved the lowest wattage when visiting a news site and running HTML5 applications.