Windows Users Get IE Security Fix...From Open Source Community?

Just days after a hole was discovered in the Windows version of Internet Explorer that allowed malicious sites to show themselves with an arbitrary URL, a patch has been released, according to an article at The Age. Not a big deal, right? Well, it wasnit Microsoft that released the patch, but rather the open source community. From The Age:

An open source and freeware software development web site has released a patch to fix the URL spoofing vulnerability in Internet Explorer, which can be exploited by scammers who try to trick people into revealing details of online banking accounts or other private information., a Vaunatian company, with branches in Israel, the US and France, released the patch and the source code for the same a couple of days back.

The company has also set up two pages where users can test to see if they are vulnerable to the exploit, one a fake Microsoft Update example and the other an example of a fake PayPal site.

You can read the full article at The Ageis Web site.