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Microsoft patched 'Google attack' bug

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 22 Jan 2010 17:38 User comments (3)

Microsoft patched 'Google attack' bug Microsoft released a patch for its Internet Explorer browser yesterday, aimed at protecting users of the software from vulnerabilities that were exploited in the recent Google China hack. The company claimed that hackers had targeted Google and at least 20 other companies in China by exploiting the browser weakness, and said the patch should be considered critical and applied as soon as possible.
Symantec Corp. warned that others have now begun to exploit the flaw too, with at least 100 websites being discovered that use the IE weakness. The real threat from the flaw is that it can lead to virus infections without the user having to download and run any file, which is usually the case. The patch address eight vulnerabilities in the Internet Explorer browser.

The websites discovered by Symantec successfully attack Internet Explorer 6 only, but the security firm warns that attackers could target Internet Explorer 7 and 8 as well. The patch will be delivered to most users via Automatic Updates, but can be manually applied through Microsoft's Windows Update site too (you need to be running Internet Explorer).

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3 user comments

122.1.2010 17:48

Even tho that i dont have IE installed, Win Update reported "1 critical update available".

222.1.2010 18:38

thats what you pay theses security firms for to protect you from theses viruses and hackers

323.1.2010 14:02

Originally posted by SDF_GR:
Even tho that i dont have IE installed, Win Update reported "1 critical update available".
I also noticed that on my laptop. I'm running Windows 7 x64 and removed IE8 via vLite before I installed it. When I try to run IE8 it just says it can't find the exe.

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