Microsoft Internet Explorer Security Exploit Causes Many To Switch Browsers
Have you heard about Microsoft Security Advisory (2757760)? Microsoft on Tuesday issued a warning for users of Internet Explorer (IE) 9 and earlier, letting them know that malicious hackers are actively attacking a zero day flaw in its web browsers. Microsoft is working on a patch for the issue, but it could take days to find a secure workaround and the company did not announce an ETA for a patch. Zero day vulnerabilities are very dangerous as they occur in the wild before patches are made available to solve the issue. Many security experts are saying to switch to other browsers until a security update becomes available for Internet Explorer. If you are running Windows 8 with IE 10 you can take a deep breath as the issue doesn't affect IE 10.
Microsoft is investigating public reports of a vulnerability in Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8, and Internet Explorer 9. Internet Explorer 10 is not affected. Microsoft is aware of targeted attacks that attempt to exploit this vulnerability. A remote code execution vulnerability exists in the way that Internet Explorer accesses an object that has been deleted or has not been properly allocated. The vulnerability may corrupt memory in a way that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user within Internet Explorer. An attacker could host a specially crafted website that is designed to exploit this vulnerability through Internet Explorer and then convince a user to view the website. On completion of this investigation, Microsoft will take the appropriate action to protect our customers, which may include providing a solution through our monthly security update release process, or an out-of-cycle security update, depending on customer needs.
Posted by | Tue, Sep 18, 2012 - 07:24 PM