Critical IE vulnerability found, browser switch recommended

Critical Internet Explorer vulnerability found, browser switch is recommended.

Serious security flaw found in IE

The flaw in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer could allow criminals to take control of people’s computers and steal their passwords, internet experts say.

Microsoft urged people to be vigilant while it investigated and prepared an emergency patch to resolve it.

Internet Explorer is used by the vast majority of the world’s computer users.

Said Mr Ferguson: “If users can find an alternative browser, then that’s good mitigation against the threat.”

But Microsoft counselled against taking such action.

“I cannot recommend people switch due to this one flaw,” said John Curran, head of Microsoft UK’s Windows group.

He added: “We’re trying to get this resolved as soon as possible.

“At present, this exploit only seems to affect 0.02% of internet sites,” said Mr Curran. (Source: BBC)

Browsing vigilantly is not something a normal user can do unless only use your web mail. The internet is filled with links all around. Even once in a while I ended up on phishing sites I try hard to avoid. It could be just an innocent advertisement.


A vulnerability has been discovered in Internet Explorer, which can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a user’s system.

The vulnerability is caused due to a use-after-free error when composed HTML elements are bound to the same data source. This can be exploited to dereference freed memory via a specially crafted HTML document.

Successful exploitation allows execution of arbitrary code.

NOTE: Reportedly, the vulnerability is currently being actively exploited.

The vulnerability is confirmed in Internet Explorer 7 on a fully patched Windows XP SP3 and in Internet Explorer 6 on a fully patched Windows XP SP2, and reported in Internet Explorer 5.01 SP4. Other versions may also be affected. (Source: Secunia)

I would recommend a temporary switch to a competing browser.

I ate two products with melamine

I recently ate these 2 food that contains mild contents of melamine. I ate Julie’s Wheat Crackers and Julie’s Peanut Butter sandwich biscuit. They contain 0.7 to 0.26 ppm and 4.9 ppm to 23.4 ppm respectively. They won’t kill an adult but it sure doesn’t feel too good after I read that.

Julies Wheat Crackers

(Julie’s Wheat Crackers.)

Julies Peanut Butter sandwich biscuit

(Julie’s Peanut Butter sandwich biscuit.)

I generally feel that no one should be panicking like my mom. She thinks the world is going to end one day due to poisons in food. I corrected her by announcing, “the world will not end due to food poisoning; we’ll just poison our environment and we all die anyway.” I smirked. She gave me a confused look. “Well,” I sighed, “never mind.”

Here’s some information disseminated by the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore:

What is melamine?

Melamine is a chemical rich in nitrogen that is used in making plastics, glues and whiteboards. It was implicated in the recent cases of contaminated milk and milk products from China.

Are milk and milk products in Singapore safe?

Milk and milk products sold in Singapore are safe for consumption.

AVA has suspended the import and sale of all milk and milk products from China since 19 September 2008. Retailers and importers have been instructed to recall these products and these products will be withheld from sale.

Local food manufacturers have also been instructed to cease the use of milk and milk products from China as ingredients. Consignments which have newly arrived or are on the way will also be withheld from sale.

Why is it that only the “Julie’s” brand of biscuits have been recalled?

As a precautionary measure, all “Julie’s” brand biscuits are required to be withdrawn from sale. This is because 12 of the 17 affected biscuits that were just detected are “Julie’s” brand of biscuits. (Source: AVA Singapore, PDF file)

Well anyway, if you do have one of these Julie’s biscuit, you are advise not to consume it, to see a full list of food that contain melamine, click on Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore’s the PDF link.

FW: Police Warning… don’t delete… pass it on

Got this as a forwarded message from a paranoid friend of mine:

FW: Police Warning… don’t delete… pass it on


Emails with pictures of Osama Bin-Laden hanged are being sent and the moment that you open these emails your computer will crash and you will not be able to fix it!

If you get an email along the lines of ‘Osama Bin Laden Captured’ or ‘Osama Hanged’ don’t open the attachment.

This e-mail is being distributed through countries around the globe… Be considerate & send this warning to whomever you know.


You should be alert during the next days: Do not open any message with an attached filed called ‘Invitation’ regardless of who sent it.

It is a virus that opens an Olympic Torch which ‘burns’ the whole hard disc C of your computer.

This virus will be received from someone who has your e-mail address in his/her contact list, that is why you should send this e-mail to all your contacts.

It is better to receive this message 25 times than to receive the virus and open it.

If you receive a mail called ‘invitation’, though sent by a friend, do not open it and shut down your computer immediately.

This is the worst virus announced by CNN, it has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever.

This virus was discovered by McAfee yesterday, and there is no repair yet for this kind of virus.

This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the Hard Disc, where the vital information is kept.

Most people use web mail these days are you can pretty much go on ahead to open that email in your browser. I wonder when they wrote this shit.

The tone is unprofessional and rather funny. I recall during secondary school, I was tempted to write my own chain letter. That didn’t happen.

I hate it when people forwarding me chain letters. And chain letters would always say something like if you forward this email 50 times you’ll find true love. If you forward it 40, you’ll be in good luck. If you forward to 30, you’ll be happy for a couple of days. And if you don’t forward, that email will put you in deep shit.

You know, I – like any other person – want to find true love. So I just couldn’t help but to email the sender back slightly more than 50 times (just in case). May true love be found.