Trustworthy Computing must include browsers

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Trustworthy Computing must include browsers

What is Microsoft thinking of? The company’s laudable goals of Trustworthy Computing have seen great strides made in much of its software, its patching process is improving and security-specific products like ISA Server are getting steadily better. But the firm seems to be having huge difficulty fixing fundamental flaws in Internet Explorer, flaws that are being actively exploited by criminals, and is now considering abandoning standards in what appear to be increasingly desperate attempts to secure the browser.

The chief flaw is the malformed URI bug, which abuses the ability to pass usernames to remote servers (see p9). Microsoft, unable to deliver a real fix, now says it might just remove this functionality. The syntax of Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs) was set down by Tim Berners-Lee in RFC ...

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