June 24, 2011
Friday is Free Day
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When a streaming audio/video links to .asf or .asx files (Windows media), chances are you won’t be prompted to download the plugin if you’re a Firefox or Google Chrome user. To be able to play these streaming media files, you’ll either need to use Internet Explorer as your browser or install the Windows Media Player plugin for your browser.
You may download the plugin from the Interoperability Bridges and Labs Center website. Download and run the installer and start your browser. This plugin works on Firefox (even up to FF5 Beta) and Google Chrome.
July 7, 2009
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Microsoft announced a security hole found in Internet Explorer. It was reported that Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 users are vulnerable to this problem.
According to the advisory on its website, the vulnerability is in the Microsoft Video ActiveX Control which is being used by the browser. A victim doesn’t have to do anything to be infected, just visiting a hacked website infects your system since code execution is done remotely. Once exploited, the attacker could gain the same user rights as the local user and take control of the machine.
The company recommends vulnerable users to disable the problematic part of the browser which may be done from the Microsoft website. Microsoft is also currently working to develop a security update.