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Microsoft Research Builds 'BrowserShield'

Unread postby TeMerc » September 5th, 2006, 11:28 am

By Ryan Naraine
September 4, 2006

Microsoft researchers are experimenting with an automatic code zapper for the company's Internet Explorer Web browser.
Researchers at the Redmond, Wash., company have completed work on a prototype framework called BrowserShield that promises to allow IE to intercept and remove, on the fly, malicious code hidden on Web pages, instead showing users safe equivalents of those pages.

The BrowserShield project—the brainchild of Helen Wang, a project leader in Microsoft Research's Systems & Networking Research Group, and an outgrowth of the company's Shield initiative to block network worms—could one day even become Microsoft's answer to zero-day browser exploits such as the WMF (Windows Metafile) attack that spread like wildfire in December 2005.

"This can provide another layer of security, even on unpatched browsers," Wang said in an interview with eWEEK. "If a patch isn't available, a BrowserShield-enabled tool bar can be used to clean pages hosting malicious content."

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Unread postby Nick-YF19 » September 5th, 2006, 4:41 pm

The research group tested BrowserShield against eight IE patches released in 2005 and found that BrowserShield—when used in tandem with standard anti-virus and HTTP filtering—would have provided the same protection as the software patches in every case,

Wonder what they mean by HTTP filtering. Sounds like a way have an out when it doesn't work.

I also can see this being a logistical nightmare for webmasters if this re-rendering of web pages breaks web sites. Regular IE sees it one way, Super IE displays it another, and Firefox gets left out.
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Unread postby TeMerc » September 5th, 2006, 7:44 pm

Now now Nick....MS plays nice.... ;)

http://news.zdnet.co.uk/software/develo ... 495,00.htm

The head of Microsoft's open source business has offered help to get Firefox to work with the upcoming Vista operating system, but it remains to be seen if Mozilla and the open source community will respond positively to the gesture.

http://news.zdnet.co.uk/software/develo ... 655,00.htm
Mozilla has accepted Microsoft's offer of help towards ensuring interoperability between Firefox and the upcoming Vista operating system.
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