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    Internet Explorer 9 Security Part 2: Protection from Socially Engineered Attacks

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    As Eric introduced in his post earlier this week, Internet Explorer offers layered defenses to protect against and mitigate each of three major classes of threats that browser users face when surfing the sometimes-hostile Web: Technological attacks designed to exploit the browser or operating system Web attacks designed to exploit vulnerabilities in Web sites Social engineering attacks against the user’s trust Today’s post discusses how IE8 and IE9 can help protect users from the third class of attacks...
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    Meet Some of the IE7 Team

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    Last week Channel 9 , with camera in tow, paid a visit to the IE Team. In the first video I talk far too long at the start before we walk the hallways and meet a few members of the team. In the second video we chat with Max Stevens on user experience. The third video is with the RSS team where we discuss the new RSS support in IE7. In the final video we meet Eric Lawrence and Katya Sedova and discuss networking. As you can tell from the videos we had a lot of fun doing them and hope to have the Channel...
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    Welcome 2010!

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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS13-008 - Critical

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    Today, we are releasing an out-of-band security update to fully address the issue described in Security Advisory 2794220 . While we have still seen only a limited number of customers affected by the issue, the potential exists that more customers could be affected in the future. This security update resolves one publicly disclosed vulnerability in Internet Explorer versions 6, 7, and 8. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet...
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    Working with the IE ActiveX Update

    To learn more about how IE works with the IE ActiveX Update and the options at your disposal to control the user experience of your web pages, please review this article on MSDN. You can try out the new behavior today on released versions of IE6 or IE7 Beta 2 Preview . Again, due to the nature of this topic, we are not taking comments on this post. - Tony Chor
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    Rely on Declarative Security Features in the Browser

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    Cutting edge web applications push the boundaries of the web development model. In the security space, this raises an interesting question – who owns security for a web application built on a complex platform hierarchy? Is it the application at the top of the stack, the intermediate platform component, or the browser itself? We believe that web application security is a shared responsibility between the browser client, web platform components (such as ASP.Net), and web applications themselves...
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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-012 - Critical

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    This security update resolves sixteen privately reported and two publicly disclosed vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited the most severe of these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users...
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    Internet Explorer Expert Zone Chat

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date. —IEBlog Editor, 20 August 2012 On Thursday Jan 13th at 10:00AM PST we’ll be holding our regular monthly Internet Explorer chat with team members. See http://www.microsoft.com/WindowsXP/expertzone/chats/default.mspx for details. The focus of this chat will be currently supported versions of Internet Explorer and is an opportunity to interact with members of the product team getting assistance and giving feedback. We will not be discussing...
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    New info on IE ActiveX update

    For new information on the IE ActiveX Update, please see Mike Nash’s announcement . Due to the sensitive nature of this issue, we are not taking comments on this post. Thanks for your understanding. - Tony Chor
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    October 2014 updates and a preview of changes to out-of-date ActiveX control blocking

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    This post describes the October updates for Internet Explorer that we are releasing today and provides a preview of updates to out-of-date ActiveX control blocking coming in November 2014. October Updates Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-056 - This critical security update resolves one publicly disclosed vulnerability and fourteen privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer.  For more information see the full bulletin . Security Update for Flash Player (3001237) - This security...
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    Updated Documentation on Controlling Security Restrictions

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date and one or more links are invalid. —IEBlog Editor, 21 August 2012 Our documentation team has just completed updating our documentation covering how administrators and developers can control certain features. This includes the following articles: About Zone Elevation Introduction to Feature Controls About URL Security Zone Templates These documents are useful in understanding the security work undertaken in Windows XP SP2...
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    IE Team Chat Schedule

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    After a great turnout this year, we are continuing our monthly online Expert Zone chats with the IE Team in 2009. Here is our schedule for the first half of next year: January 22 nd February 19 th March 19 th April 23 rd May 21 st June 18 th All our chats start at 10.00 PST/18.00 UTC. These chats are a great opportunity to have your questions answered and hear from members of the IE product team. In case you miss the chat, a transcript will be published afterward and available...
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    Getting Ready for SVG Open

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    I recently demonstrated Test Driving Modern SVG using the SVG Dice sample currently on the Internet Explorer 9 Test Drive site . While building this sample, I learned that both performance and interoperability for SVG are a subtle continuum and are not binary. This point resonated with me so much that I modified my presentation for this week’s SVG Open Conference entitled “ The Future of SVG and HTML5 ” to include methods by which the SVG developer community can rally around to...
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    IE October Security Update Now Available

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    The IE Cumulative Security Update for October 2008 is now available via Windows Update . Alternatively, you can receive this and all other Microsoft updates via the new Microsoft Update . I encourage you to upgrade to Microsoft Update if you haven’t already to ensure that you receive the latest updates for all Microsoft products. This update addresses six vulnerabilities. The security update addresses these vulnerabilities by modifying the way that Internet Explorer handles the error resulting...
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    February 2015 security updates for Internet Explorer

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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS15-009 This critical security update resolves one publicly reported and 40 privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. For more information, please see Microsoft Security Bulletin MS15-009 . Security Update for Flash Player (3021953) This security update for Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer 10 and 11 on supported editions of Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 is also available. The details of the vulnerabilities...
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    ActiveX Filtering for Developers

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    When we introduced ActiveX Filtering with the IE9 Release Candidate, we focused on delivering a great user experience that stays out of the way from regular browsing and makes it easy for users to turn off filtering when they want to. At the same time, we want users to have a great experience viewing Web sites while ActiveX Filtering is enabled. This includes minimizing site compatibility issues and clearly indicating when content on a Web page is blocked by ActiveX Filtering. ...
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    Exploring ECMAScript 5 with a Simple Game of Poker

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    Support for ECMAScript 5, the updated standard of the language commonly known as JavaScript, is part of our promise to ensure that the same markup and same script works across browsers. Over the past few months we’ve devoted more than a few blog posts to the topic including: ECMAScript 5: Reusable code ECMAScript 5: Arrays Extras IE9’s Document Modes and JavaScript With the IE9 RC, we released another Test Drive demo to explore the full benefits of ECMAScript 5 available in IE9. This game of Texas...
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    IE Team at Black Hat 2005

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    Hi, I’m Patrick Mann , a security tester on the IE team. It’s a big week for me and a few other folks from IE, as we head down to Las Vegas to attend Black Hat 2005. Expect to see some of the IE blog familiars (such as John Bedworth , Eric Lawrence , and Christopher Vaughan ) along with other members of the IE product team. Personally, I’m very excited at this opportunity to hear about the latest in security research. But above all I’m looking forward to meeting folks, and putting some faces...
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    New IE9 Developer Content on MSDN

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    As we’ve discussed many times on this blog , Internet Explorer 9 provides developers powerful new capabilities with the same HTML, CSS, and JavaScript used for other browsers. In addition to improving the product in an effort to make Web developers’ lives easier, we’ve also strived to improve the developer content provided on MSDN. The Internet Explorer developer content team writes and maintains all of the content you see in the “ HTML and CSS ” and “ Internet Explorer...
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    User Experiences: Accessibility in IE9 Beta

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    Internet Explorer is a universal product used by people young and old, new and experienced, speaking many different languages.  A lot of people take advantage of IE’s built in accessibility features (like page zoom, caret browsing, find in page, etc) and additional assistive technology such as screen readers to use the web.  Accessibility is beneficial to everyone no matter what their abilities.   

    As with every Internet Explorer release, we are committed to delivering a browser that’s accessible for all users.  Part of achieving that goal is making sure assistive technology works well with IE.  IE9 fundamentally changes how users interact with the browser and how the browser takes advantage of the entire PC.  Those changes also impact how assistive technology interacts with IE, which necessitates updates from some assistive technology.  For example, the new notification model is not read by many screen readers, and screen readers can no longer depend on the GDI display subsystem since IE9 uses Windows Direct2D and DirectWrite as part of enabling hardware-accelerated HTML5. 

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    Making it easier for Enterprises to stay up-to-date

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    As we shared in May , a top priority for Microsoft is helping customers upgrade and stay up to-date with the latest version of Internet Explorer. Today at TechEd Europe , we are making two announcements to help customers upgrade and stay up-to-date: Starting in November, we are expanding the functionality of the Enterprise Mode Site List for Internet Explorer 11 to include all document modes. We listened to customer feedback, and the list will now give better control over which document mode will...
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    Adobe Flash Player 10.3: Hardware-Accelerated Rendering in IE9

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    Adobe Flash Player 10.3 delivers super-fast graphics by plugging into the Internet Explorer 9 hardware-accelerated rendering pipeline using IE9’s ISurfacePresenter interface. Recently, some of you may have seen this rendering issue with Flash content on some pages: Screen shots of a Web page with Flash content displayed incorrectly in its upper left corner (left) and correctly (right) Adobe addressed the problem illustrated above (Flash content displaying in the upper...
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    HTML5 Audio and Video Improvements for Windows Phone 8.1

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    Internet Explorer on Windows Phone 8.1 adds new media features that greatly expand its support for HTML5 audio and video. Audio and video elements are now fully supported, including inline playback of video content, and adaptive streaming based on the latest Web specifications is supported as well. These new features provide Web site developers the tools they need to provide compelling media experiences, and make IE an ideal browser for mobile media applications. Support for HTML5 Audio Video...
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    Making Tracking Protection Lists Available From Your Web Site

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    Any site can offer Tracking Protection Lists ( TPLs ) to help consumers protect their privacy. This post shows you how to make a TPL available from your site. For example, clicking here in IE9 will add the list from the EasyPrivacy . A word about Tracking Protection Lists Tracking Protection Lists are similar in concept to the lists behind the AdBlockPlus add-in for Firefox. The main differences are that TPLs are built in to IE, the W3C is working through the standardization process of their format...
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    Internet Explorer @ IETF 90

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    This week Microsoft is sending a number of engineers, including members from the IE team, to the Internet Engineering Task Force meetings in Toronto. We’re looking forward to the conversations and working groups as it’s always great to get together face-to-face with engineers from across the industry. In particular, there are several discussions we’re excited about including HTTP/2.0 and the safe preference header Internet proposal, which we’ve already been working on with several industry partners...
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