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Vernor Vinge was right. Again.

There is a vulnerability in Internet Explorer 5 that can be triggered by loading a bitmap image. No Javascript, no ActiveX, nothing fancy. You load the bitmap, and arbitrary code runs on your system. Or you load a page with the bitmap embedded in it. And it’s not a particular bitmap, it’s a general technique.

If you are currently browsing the Internet with Internet Explorer 5, you can be owned at any moment.

Reminder to self: code is data is code is bits. It’s all binary at the bottom.

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