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    • bod1467
    • By bod1467 9th Oct 16, 12:16 PM
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    MSE Forum - Links - New Tab
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    • 9th Oct 16, 12:16 PM
    MSE Forum - Links - New Tab 9th Oct 16 at 12:16 PM
    I'm sure that when clicking links in posts on MSE forum it used to open links in new tabs. Now it opens links in the same tab (unless I use the mouse wheel click).

    Is it just me? Is anyone else seeing this "change"?

    I've had a quick scan of the UserCP settings but nothings jumping out at me.

    Any ideas? (Chrome browser on Windows 10, for info).
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    • jonesMUFCforever
    • By jonesMUFCforever 9th Oct 16, 1:18 PM
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    • 9th Oct 16, 1:18 PM
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    • 9th Oct 16, 1:18 PM
    I came on here with the same question - yes I had another Windows 10 update on Friday night - could it be because of this?
    If so is there a workaround as I go on the comps forum a lot and enter them from there?
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    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 9th Oct 16, 1:28 PM
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    • #3
    • 9th Oct 16, 1:28 PM
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    • 9th Oct 16, 1:28 PM
    It's possibly a browser setting. Which browser do you use? If it's IE or Edge, I imagine the Win10 update might have changed the settings.
    • jonesMUFCforever
    • By jonesMUFCforever 9th Oct 16, 1:28 PM
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    • 9th Oct 16, 1:28 PM
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    • 9th Oct 16, 1:28 PM
    Just to add to previous post other websites still open a seperate tag when pushing a link so is it aMSE thing?
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    • D_M_E
    • By D_M_E 9th Oct 16, 1:38 PM
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    • #5
    • 9th Oct 16, 1:38 PM
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    • 9th Oct 16, 1:38 PM
    Benn getting this only with the MSE site, but not all the time - sometimes links open in the same window, sometimes in a new tab.

    Edge user here - just checked my settings and they look the same as they were before the update.

    This is strange in that it (so far) only affects the MSE site.
    • fermi
    • By fermi 9th Oct 16, 1:49 PM
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    • #6
    • 9th Oct 16, 1:49 PM
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    • 9th Oct 16, 1:49 PM
    Site feedback thread

    ---> MSE FAULT - Links open in current tab instead of a new tab - action required
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    • fermi
    • By fermi 9th Oct 16, 1:51 PM
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    • 9th Oct 16, 1:51 PM
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    • 9th Oct 16, 1:51 PM
    Excuse for this daft **** up from MSE.

    Hi there, thanks for your feedback and your patience. We've disabled links from opening in new tabs for security reasons. While we can't make any promises, we're looking into a fix that may still let you open in a new tab and keep you safe at the same time. Could we ask for your patience, again, while we investigate?

    Thanks
    Originally posted by MSE Jessica
    I'm a Board Guide on the Debt-Free Wannabe, Bankruptcy, Credit Cards and Loans boards. I'm a volunteer to help the boards run smoothly, and I can move and merge threads there. Any views are mine and not the official line of moneysavingexpert.com. Board guides are not moderators. If you spot an inappropriate or illegal post then please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com

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    • D_M_E
    • By D_M_E 9th Oct 16, 2:01 PM
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    • #8
    • 9th Oct 16, 2:01 PM
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    • 9th Oct 16, 2:01 PM
    Another thing - if I right click on an MSE link and select OPEN IN NEW TAB, yes, I get a new tab with the page for the link but now the original page in the original tab jumps to the top of the original page and I have to scroll down to find the link which I right clicked on.

    This only occurs the first time I do a right click>open, all following right clicks operate as normal.
    • Le_Kirk
    • By Le_Kirk 9th Oct 16, 2:22 PM
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    • 9th Oct 16, 2:22 PM
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    • 9th Oct 16, 2:22 PM
    Amazing, I was going to post about this ............... but now we have an answer, well half an answer. What is the security issue of which MSE speak?
    • kwikbreaks
    • By kwikbreaks 9th Oct 16, 4:24 PM
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    What is the security issue of which MSE speak?
    Originally posted by Le_Kirk
    An imagined one I should think. The only difference between opening in the same tab and a new one is the inclusion of a target="_blank" in the html. If it's a security risk it's been there since the dawn of the web and is present on just about every site there is.

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    It seems there is a vulnerability however as mentioned many boards do use this and for convenience most users will right click open new tab anyway as they'll get fed up with constantly closing MSE in error or chasing back to it if they've followed other links.

    https://www.jitbit.com/alexblog/256-targetblank---the-most-underestimated-vulnerability-ever/
    Last edited by kwikbreaks; 09-10-2016 at 4:35 PM.
    • bod1467
    • By bod1467 9th Oct 16, 6:45 PM
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    Looking at that thread reminds me that this has happened before.

    In the grand scheme of things it is an utterly pointless change MSE have made - it provides no real additional security yet annoys most forum members. And since all links are parsed by the forum software anyway, the fix should only take seconds to implement yet it seems this issue has been around for several days - shameful MSE.
    Last edited by bod1467; 09-10-2016 at 6:48 PM.
    • jonesMUFCforever
    • By jonesMUFCforever 9th Oct 16, 7:21 PM
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    To get their attention just abuse the ''we expect you to be nice to ALL forum posters etc'' and watch how quick they move!
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    • spud17
    • By spud17 9th Oct 16, 9:27 PM
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    Exactly the same as bod1467 and jones MUFCforever.
    Thought it was me going mad, I was going to start a thread.
    Win 10 Anniversary just had update+restart.
    First noticed it yesterday after updating Waterfox to 49.0.2, checked via Palemoon, same, but that had recently updated.
    Fired up old XP with Palemoon, first time in a month, old Palemoon, still same problem, conclusion, had to be MSE.
    Anyone else noticed how many threads now start with 'So', 'Okay' or 'Basically'?
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