Risks & mitigation of using IE8 on a server that runs an app that requires IE8

We have an app from EMC (the storage vendor) that requires us to use IE8 :
log a case & was told IE10-11 not supported as screen gets garbled.

As this server is internal (ie not accessible via Internet & not in DMZ),
what's the risks?  I suppose an internally infected PC/server can still
exploit & get into this server/app that runs IE8 (as console to the app).

How can we mitigate as IE8 doesn't have patches anymore?  Use endpoint
IPS as substitute for various vulnerabilities but I'm afraid many IPS vendor
has ceased releasing signatures/filters for IE8.

Havent explore with Chrome/Firefox yet if it works with the apps but was
told by colleague that they're unlikely to be supported.

IE8 is to be run/installed on the server hosting the app, not on laptops/PCs

I'll convey the name of the EMC app later
sunhuxAsked:
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McKnifeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Ok, 2008r2. You can uninstall ie11 and it should roll back to the previous browser, which should be ie8 on 08R2.
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McKnifeCommented:
Hi.

You cannot install IE8 on modern OS' - technically impossible. The last OS where you could would be server 2008. So you need to try a different browser. Chrome for example offers support for oldschool things in form of an app that simulates legacy browser behavior.
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rindiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Have you tried using compatibility View in IE11? That will often allow you to view old stuff. Also check if there is an upgrade for the EMC app that runs on current browsers.
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Dave BaldwinConnect With a Mentor Fixer of ProblemsCommented:
You also can't run two versions of IE on the same computer.
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sunhuxAuthor Commented:
The name of the EMC app is OCAOIS  & it's not an option to upgrade this app.


Can elaborate how we can go about doing the following:

>Chrome for example offers support for oldschool things in form of an app that
> simulates legacy browser behavior : how can I configure it or need a plug-in ?

>compatibility View in IE11?
How to enable  compatibility View in IE11 ?
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rindiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
In IE select tools, Compatibility view settings, then add the url.
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arnoldConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Seems like using a VM with Windows 7, Xp, server 2008 is one way to maintain access while using parental control to limit the access to the EMC OCAOIS portal interface a the sole destination to avoid ......user attempts to use the VM to access anything else.
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sunhuxAuthor Commented:
Our apps support team has tested out both IE11's Tools==> Compatibility View
settings as well as Chrome's oldschool support : did not help.

Was told this product OCAOIS is to capture clients' signature & sort of secure it:
The browser on the server is meant to access Management console of this
product.

Was further informed by our apps team that this current version 6 is the one
giving issue: previously while they're on version 3 running on Win2003, IE8
was working fine.

After upgrading the OS to Win2008 R2 followed by upgrading this app to
ver 6, found IE11 gives issues :display garbled & when clicking on certain
links, error pops up.

EMC (possibly this is an RSA related product;  RSA is owned by EMC) has
come up with ver 7 but we need to pay for licence upgrade: it's not
certain if ver 7 will support IE11
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arnoldCommented:
depending on installed updates, ie9, ie10 might have been installed as well.

look at xpmode, or similar vm .....
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McKnifeCommented:
If I am not mistaken, even then will it let you rollback through the versions back to the one that shipped with 2008R2: IE8.
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arnoldCommented:
rollbacks at times work, the issue besides the version, there have been updates along the way in addition to the deployment of versions.......

Without trying, ..it is filled with peril.
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sunhuxAuthor Commented:
So create a VM that run IE8 in it to make it more secure?
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McKnifeCommented:
Always possible, why not.
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