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IE unsafe in 2006

Date: January 07, 2007

Internet Explorer was unsafe to use for over three-quarters of the year, according to a security researcher.

Research carried out by Brian Krebs found that for 284 days in 2006, Microsoft's browser remained unpatched.

"For a total 284 days in 2006 (or more than nine months out of the year), exploit code for known, unpatched critical flaws in pre-IE7 versions of the browser was publicly available on the internet," he said on his blog.

"Likewise, there were at least 98 days last year in which no software fixes from Microsoft were available to fix IE flaws that criminals were actively using to steal personal and financial data from users."

He said there were ten cases last year where instructions detailing how to leverage "critical" vulnerabilities in IE were published online before Microsoft had a patch to fix them.
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