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posted by mrpg on Tuesday June 21, @09:11PM   Printer-friendly
from the big-trouble-in-little-Japan dept.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Technology/Internet-Explorer-shutdown-to-cause-Japan-headaches-for-months

Microsoft bids farewell to Internet Explorer on Thursday, stirring a sense of panic among many businesses and government agencies in Japan that waited to update their websites until the last minute.

Since April, Tokyo-based software developer Computer Engineering & Consulting has been inundated with requests for help.

[...] "They have known [about the phaseout] for a long time, but they must have postponed taking actions," said a CEC official, who expects the chaos among the procrastinated customers to last for "a few months."

[...] They said the browser was used for employee attendance management, expenses settlement and other internal tools. In some cases, they have no choice but to use Internet Explorer because of clients' systems used to handle orders. Over 20% of these respondents did not know or had not figured out how to transition to other browsers after Internet Explorer's retirement.

Government agencies are particularly slow to respond. The portal site for information on government procurement and bidding will switch its recommended browsers to Microsoft's new Edge and Google Chrome on Thursday. But for Japan Pension Service, notices concerning online applications must be viewed in Edge's Internet Explorer mode. The website of a government-backed mutual aid corporation for private schools still listed Internet Explorer as its only recommended browser.

Also:

Internet Explorer gravestone goes viral in South Korea


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  • (Score: 5, Touché) by coolgopher on Wednesday June 22, @01:36AM (3 children)

    by coolgopher (1157) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday June 22, @01:36AM (#1255171)

    It is good to see that people finally get the pay-off (or is that payback?) from choosing to tie themselves to vendor proprietary things rather than open standards. It is well deserved.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 23, @03:04PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 23, @03:04PM (#1255593)

    I wonder if this "IE" feature still works if IE is gone:
    https://help.sectigostore.com/support/solutions/articles/22000272681-code-signing-certificate-generation-using-microsoft-edge-with-internet-explorer-mode [sectigostore.com]

    If I remember correctly Firefox stopped supporting this so if you want to generate a code signing certificate with Firefox you need to use an old unsupported version of Firefox...
    https://www.thesslstore.com/knowledgebase/code-signing-cert-csr-generate/web-browser/ [thesslstore.com]

    You will need to use Internet Explorer 11 on Windows in order to securely generate your Code Signing certificate. This browser has a unique function which allows for the CSR and accompanying private key to be generated securely and easily. Other browsers, including Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Safari, have removed the certificate generation functionality and should not be used.

    See also: https://support.comodo.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/244/7/which-browser-can-i-use-to-signup-for-a-code-signing-certificate [comodo.com]

    Comodo recommends using Internet Explorer 8+ on Windows and Firefox on Mac for certificate enrollment as it is both easy to apply and convenient for the user.

    https://codesigningstore.com/steps-to-get-code-signing-certificates [codesigningstore.com]

    For generating the CSR securely and without any issues, you’ll need to make use of Mozilla Firefox ESR or Internet Explorer 11 as your web browser. They’re used mainly because the browser contains a set of features that allows generating the CSR and private key. If you don’t have Mozilla Firefox ESR or Internet Explorer 11, then you’ll need to download and install one of them. If you’re not able to download or you’re facing any issue while installing it, feel free to contact us.

    So what are the open standards for this? ;)

    • (Score: 2) by coolgopher on Thursday June 23, @10:22PM (1 child)

      by coolgopher (1157) Subscriber Badge on Thursday June 23, @10:22PM (#1255690)

      "Don't generate certificates inside a web browser"?
      Sure, it may be convenient, but if you're trying to do something securely, convenience should be a red flag.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 24, @03:39PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 24, @03:39PM (#1255833)
        A lot of these sites selling code signing certs don't let you do it in other ways.

        So I don't buy code signing certs.