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14 décembre 2004

Penn State U. recommande l'abandon de Internet Explorer

Après Carnegie Mellon U. et le très gouvernemental US-CERT,
après plusieurs universités suisses, Pennsylvania State University
recommande d'abandonner Internet Explorer et de passer à firefox.

l'information qui circule :

A public university with an enrollment of over 80,000 put the kibosh this week
on Microsoft's Internet Explorer, and urged its students to switch to alternative
browsers such as Firefox, Mozilla, Opera, or Safari.

Penn State University [...] issued an alert to students and staff recommending
that they dump IE and use a different browser.

The university's Information Technology Services (ITS) gave the advice
because the threats are real and alternatives exist to mitigate Web browser vulnerabilities,"
ITS said in a statement. It cited the security problems in IE that have been the focus of both
media reports and recommendations from such organizations as the
the federally-funded computer response team housed at
Carnegie Mellon University.
"The University computing community [should] use standards-based Web browsers other
 than Internet Explorer to help minimize exposure to attacks that occur through browser
" added ITS.
Penn State's advice is the latest negative news about Microsoft's popular browser.
Security problems continue to plague IE -- some patched, some not -- while rivals like
Firefox slowly nibble away at its still-dominating market share.

et qui peut être vérifiée à :

Penn State Live

Change in Internet browsers recommended
Wednesday, December 8, 2004

Over the past several months, considerable attention has been paid to the security problems surrounding Microsoft's Internet Explorer by the general news media and information technology departments in higher education. The Computer Emergency and Response Team, Carnegie Mellon University's federally funded research group formed to deal with security issues on the Internet, has issued numerous vulnerability alerts and recommends that users switch to a different Web browser.
As a result, Penn State's Information Technology Services (ITS) is urging that the University computing community use standards-based Web browsers other than Internet Explorer to help minimize exposure to attacks that occur through browser vulnerabilities. Web browser options include Firefox, one of several alternatives available for Windows, Mac and other operating systems. It works with all Web-based applications used at Penn State: ANGEL, eLion, AIS applications, etc., and is well-supported by the ITS Help Desks. Other viable Web browsers include Mozilla, Netscape Communicator and Opera, which can be found at the ITS downloads site at [ (accès réservé)] on the Web. The Safari Web browser for Apple computers is available at
ITS has made this recommendation because the threats are real and alternatives exist to mitigate Web browser vulnerabilities
. All of the recommended alternative Web browsers easily can import bookmarks and most other settings that had been used in Internet Explorer.
To see other important actions that can be taken to ensure safer computing, visit

Nous aussi, bien sûr, nous vous recommandons firefox :
En outre, comme les risques de Internet Explorer ne sont qu'un fétu
comparé à la poutre de Outlook & Co., nous recommandons d'en profiter pour
changer aussi de 'client mail' et pour installer thunderbird  :

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