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Open-source group issues Microsoft patch

An open-source software development group posted a file on its Web site this week it claims will patch a recently disclosed security hole in Microsoft Corp.’s Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser that allows online scam artists to fake Web page addresses. The decision by Openwares.org to publish the IE patch is just the latest example of third parties preempting Microsoft with fixes for security holes in the company’s products. But one security expert warns that installing the unauthorized patch could introduce more problems than it solves and advises Microsoft customers to wait for an official fix from the Redmond, Washington, company. The file, called IEpatch.exe, appeared on Monday on Openwares.org, a public open source and free software development Web site. IDG News Service e-mailed requests seeking comment to representatives from Openwares.org, which is registered to an individual named Ori Rejwan in Tel Aviv, Israel, but they were not immediately answered. Microsoft declined to comment on the patch Friday. Full Story

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