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More amazing Microsoft IE "features"

© December 2004 Tony Lawrence

Referencing: IE's Spoofing Sorrows Continue

Gotta love this one: apparently someone could use one of Internet Explorer's "helpful" features to replace content you think you are viewing with something else entirely. It's called "cross-site scripting", and The Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) FAQ explains more about it.

The real issue here is that the web has become far too complicated, and of course Microsoft's "ease of use" was right there to help the process. I know, I know, I'm a grump about this, but "easy" shouldn't be the primarily goal.

Unfortunately, that does seem to be the first thought, and Linux isn't immune to it either. However, Microsoft remains the undisputed champion of weakening security in the name of user friendliness.

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"It's called 'cross-site scripting'..."

Gee. That means I can arrange things so that when someone browses to www.aplawrence.com they will actually see www.playboy.com. Whatta concept!


---December 20, 2004

More fun to do it the other way around..


Really? I've searched your entire site and can't seem to find the "Girls of Comdex" feature.


---December 21, 2004

You have to be a paid subscriber for those "extras".


---December 21, 2004

Thu Apr 17 22:48:30 2008: 4055   yewnewb

As an accomplished web developer, I can tell you that any past, present, or future browser that implements support for JavaScript or CSS can be exploited by XSS.

Firefox, Opera, Safari, and even the "MICROSOFT OMG" browser Internet Explorer.

Although I agree with the points you've made throughout the site, I really have to say, c'mon man. Realize it that Linux does indeed suck. The support sucks, the programs suck, and as a programmer of 16 years, I can honestly say of the thousands of Microsoft-compatible applications I've developed, I never felt the need to write one for Linux.

Fri Apr 18 02:14:28 2008: 4057   TonyLawrence

We'll have to disagree.

Fri Apr 18 13:14:34 2008: 4066   BigDumbDinosaur

Programmer of 16 years? Lessee, that means he started entering code in 1992 and therefore, probably knows nothing about computers other than what he learned about Microsoft stuff -- which isn't saying much, in my opinion. That would have been around Windows 3.1 or thereabouts. Some experience!

Sat Apr 19 00:55:29 2008: 4069   drag

""I can honestly say of the thousands of Microsoft-compatible applications I've developed, I never felt the need to write one for Linux. ""

And as a Linux user for about 8 years I'd have to say that under no circumstances have I ever felt the need to use any of your applications.

Go figure. Now we are even! :) :)


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