What's New: Updated: IE Bug Exposes Google Desktop Users' Hard Drives

A bug in Microsoft Internet Explorer can give away the entire contents of hard drives, if the user has installed Google Desktop. A security researcher has discovered that an attacker can covertly harvest users' hard drive contents, for example to find passwords, credit card numbers, e-mails, and anything else indexed by Google Desktop.

This is the second - and potentially more major - security flaw discovered in Internet Explorer in recent weeks where the recommended solution is to disable JavaScript in the web browser. Instead, we recommend using an alternative browser such as Mozilla Firefox.


Microsoft released four security fixes for Internet Explorer Tuesday, via Windows Update. ITS recommends all users run Windows Update (or Microsoft Update) to download these fixes.

Saturday, Dec 3, 2005 03:22 pm CST

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