Microsoft is planning two new security features for the upcoming beta version of Internet Explorer 8.
The IE8 Beta 2 release will include software designed to filter out phishing attempts and cross-site scripting attacks.
Smart Screen, which is based on the phishing filter in IE7, blocks known phishing URLs. The new version sports improved heuristics and can analyse entire URL strings for phishing site detection.
The filter will also detect and warn users when a download has been performed from a site reported for distributing malware.
This could help foil social engineering attacks in which the user is tricked into launching a malicious application.
Microsoft is also planning to release a filter for cross-site scripting attacks, in which data from a compromised page is switched with a page from a malicious site without the user's knowledge.
The filter will attempt to shield users from the popular 'type 1' attack which is often used to steal user information.
The filter monitors incoming and outgoing information requests from the browser and blocks the transmission of potential cross-site scripting attacks while warning the user of the dangerous action.
Microsoft expects to release IE8 Beta 2 in August.
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