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Microsoft warns of serious vulnerability in Internet Explorer

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 24 Dec 2010 3:48 User comments (21)

Microsoft warns of serious vulnerability in Internet Explorer Microsoft has warned this week that a very serious vulnerability has been discovered in all versions of Internet Explorer, one that can give exploiters a chance to take control of unprotected computers.
The software giant did say, however, that it does not appear hackers have begun using the exploit.

While they continue to work on a permanent fix, the company has created a workaround for the bug.

The BBC explains the "bug revolves around the way that IE manages a computer's memory when processing Cascading Style Sheets - a widely used technology that defines the look and feel of pages on a website."

Hackers have long used IE's memory management to inject their own code, usually leading to a hijack of the vulnerable computer.

For now, IE users are being told to "use a protection system known as the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit."

Rik Ferguson, of Trend Micro says:
"As vulnerabilities go, this kind is the most serious as it allows remote execution of code. This means the attacker can run programs, such as malware, directly on the victim's computer. It is highly reminiscent of a vulnerability at the same time two years ago which prompted several national governments to warn against using IE and to switch to an alternative browser."

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21 user comments

124.12.2010 9:18

yea let them know that there is a way to get hacked and not fix it cos they will be on holiday

224.12.2010 9:25

Yawn! Another bug in IE.

324.12.2010 9:53

One would have to be Microsoft in the head to use Microsoft products , especially IE.


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424.12.2010 11:53

People still use IE? LOL!

524.12.2010 14:17

this happens really often, anyone that uses IE still is a complete retard (like my dad) He claims firefox is making his computer slow and giving him virus' LOL!



624.12.2010 14:41

i'm using ie8 right now so what does that make me then?

724.12.2010 14:42

Originally posted by spartybob:
People still use IE? LOL!
A lot of the people that use IE do so because of either:

1) Internal applications (for work) are built for use on IE. As such they have to use IE and can't use, or sometimes even install, another browser.

2) They don't know any better.

3) They don't care.

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824.12.2010 14:42
EZ411
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IF you use FIREFOX you do NOT HAVE this problem (or other IE problems). You face FEWER SECURITY RISKS! Plus you get a lot of valuable features only found in Firefox.

Enjoy the Fox, right out of the box:http://getfirefox.com
(It's McAfee SiteAdvisor [SAFE])
http://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/getfirefox.com

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924.12.2010 15:02

This sounds very familiar to me, has this happened before? lol


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1025.12.2010 3:40

Originally posted by ddp:
i'm using ie8 right now so what does that make me then?
Intellectually challenged *runs* :p

1125.12.2010 15:31

do you hear the approaching thunder?

1226.12.2010 12:15

Originally posted by ddp:
do you hear the approaching thunder?
lol

It's a nice cloudless morning at 6.11am heading for what will be another 28 degree day & in all likely hood 80-90% humidity.i'll spare a thought for those in the northern hemispere under gawd knows how many degrees below zero :p

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1326.12.2010 13:29

about -6 to -8c here in central ontario, canada.

1426.12.2010 13:58

Originally posted by scorpNZ:
It's a nice cloudless morning at 6.11am heading for what will be another 28 degree day & in all likely hood 80-90% humidity.i'll spare a thought for those in the northern hemispere under gawd knows how many degrees below zero :p
And yet there has been reports of people getting struck by lightning even on cloudless days... ;-)

It's in the high 30's to mid 40's here; makes me sad as nearly all the snow has melted around my house. :(

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1526.12.2010 18:21

lol @ ddp i can picture you being here in Auckland on a winters day in shorts & t-shirt that'd be like a summers day for ya :p while the rest of us Auckland poofs complain it's too dam cold..lmao,An Auckland winter rarely goes below +6c during the day from Auckland northwards, as for the rest of NZ it can be extreme,actually a song by DD Smash (Dave Dobbyn)describes NZ's weather best in a nut shell don't bother looking at the forcast just look out side coz one minute it'll be fine & sunny the next piss'n down with rain



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1626.12.2010 23:10

scorp, they say the same thing about us crazy canucks in florida during the winter time.

1727.12.2010 9:56
ps3lvanub
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'Bout 0C here in the North of England... Just want this snow to piss off now...




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1828.12.2010 7:56
shadyj
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Originally posted by stuntman_:
this happens really often, anyone that uses IE still is a complete retard (like my dad) He claims firefox is making his computer slow and giving him virus' LOL!
And his claims are false because???

1928.12.2010 12:54

You do realize that most online games and some offline games with online content use Internet Explorer for their launchers or updater. So to some extent everyone even to this day that does anything related to online or many offline game related activities use IE

2028.12.2010 20:48

Originally posted by ddp:
scorp, they say the same thing about us crazy canucks in florida during the winter time.
^lol^



Just as i'm show'n off at nice weather no sooner did i post the comment it started piss'n down freak'n unbelievable

2129.12.2010 17:33
ST2006
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Originally posted by spartybob:
People still use IE? LOL!
What I thought when I got my weekly email..

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