HTML5 video for Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer 8 doesn’t support HTML5 <audio> or <video> tags which allow easy audio and video embedding, and Microsoft haven’t said whether they plan to implement them in IE9.

Fortunately, a workaround is closer thanks to Christian Adams who is working in a new plugin that would make IE capable of handling these new tags.

According to Christian, it’s in early development status so there are no progress bar or any control, but they should follow soon.

Check this screencast to see it in action:

Via Chris Double’s blog.

Users turn to Firefox following IE warnings

Following last days’ German, French, and Australian government warnings about the risks of Internet Explorer’s security vulnerability, and recommendations to use other web browsers, Mozilla has seen a huge increase in daily downloads, as reported by Ken Kovash, from the Mozilla Metrics team.

Numbers doubled in France from an average 40K to 80K, in Australia from 12K to 32K, and Germany from around 70K to around 150K.

French government also warns Internet Explorer users

Just like the German government did last week, the French government via the National Information Systems Security Agency (Agence nationale de la sécurité des systèmes d’information) has also issued an alert, recommending users to switch to another web browser regarding an Internet Explorer’s vulnerability that was exploited to hack Google servers in China.

Here’s a translated version of the warning, provided by Google Translate:

A vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer [6, 7 and 8] allows malicious people to execute arbitrary code remotely.

Temporary Workaround

Pending a patch from the publisher, CERT recommends using an alternative browser. CERT said it is also strongly advised to browse the Internet with a user account with limited rights and the disabling of interpretation of dynamic code (JavaScript, ActiveX, …). Moreover, activation of the DEP (Data Execution Prevention) may limit the impact of this vulnerability.

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A vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer allows malicious people to execute arbitrary code remotely.

4 Description 4 Description

Une vulnérabilité due à une référence à un pointeur non valide permet à une personne malintentionnée d’exécuter du code arbitraire à distance. A vulnerability due to a reference to an invalid pointer allows a malicious person could execute arbitrary code remotely. Des exploitations limitées de cette vulnérabilité ont déjà été constatées. Limited holdings of this vulnerability have been reported.

5 Contournement provisoire 5 Temporary Workaround

Dans l’attente d’un correctif de l’éditeur, Le CERTA recommande l’utilisation d’un navigateur alternatif. Pending a patch from the publisher, CERT recommends using an alternative browser. Le CERTA rappelle également qu’il est fortement conseillé de naviguer sur l’Internet avec un compte utilisateur aux droits limités et la désactivation de l’interprétation de code dynamique ( JavaScript, ActiveX, … ). CERT said it is also strongly advised to browse the Internet with a user account with limited rights and the disabling of interpretation of dynamic code (JavaScript, ActiveX, …). De plus, l’activation du DEP ( Data Execution Prevention ) peut limiter l’impact de cette vulnérabilité. Moreover, activation of the DEP (Data Execution Prevention) may limit the impact of this vulnerability.

German government: Drop Internet Explorer

The German Federal Office for Information Security (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik) has issued a recommendation to citizens and businesses to switch to another web browser, at least until a recently discovered vulnerability in Internet Explorer 6, 7, and 8 gets patched by Microsoft.

The vulnerability could have been exploited by hackers who attacked Google servers in China last week, according to a McAfee report, which in turn prompted Google to consider quitting the Chinese market.

Via Mashable.

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1, first impressions

The first beta of Internet Explorer 8 was released to the public today, and following Microsoft’s yesterday announcement that Internet Explorer 8 will use its most web standards compatible mode by default, an important milestone in the way to a truly open web, I was eager to see this new version and what’s new, from a Firefox user perspective.

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