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IE exploit improved, MS delays utility open-sourcing and Firefox 3.6 beta 4 unveiled.


IE exploit improved

Hackers working on the open-source Metasploit project have developed a zero-day attack on Microsoft`s Internet Explorer, states PC World.

Security experts have been concerned about the flaw since it was first disclosed on the Bugtraq mailing list.

"The Metasploit exploit that was released last night will be more reliable against certain attacks than the initial exploit," says Ben Greenbaum, senior research manager with Symantec. Symantec has not seen the exploit used in Internet-based attacks, but security experts say this type of code is for a very popular hacking technique called a drive-by attack.

MS delays utility open-sourcing

Microsoft has delayed re-releasing a Windows 7 installation utility where it admitted it included open source code, reports Computerworld.

The software giant removed the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool (WDUT) from its Web site after being accused of using code from the GPLv2-licensed `ImageMaster`.

Microsoft added to the problem by not acknowledging the source of the code embedded in WDUT, and by not sharing the source code for its modifications to the project, as required by the terms of GPL.

Firefox 3.6 beta 4 unveiled

The Mozilla developers have released the fourth beta for what will become version 3.6 of their open source Firefox Web browser, code-named Namoroka, says The H.

Like the previous development releases, Firefox 3.6 Beta 4 is based on version 1.9.2 of Mozilla`s Gecko Web rendering platform. In addition to several performance and stability improvements, the latest release includes fixes for more than 140 bugs found in the last beta.

The fourth beta release features support for the HTML5 File API, giving Web apps the ability to access local files selected by users. The developers also note that nearly 70% of Firefox Add-ons have now been upgraded and are compatible with Firefox 3.6

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