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Microsoft confirms massive Internet Explorer vulnerability, hundreds of millions at risk

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 27 Apr 2014 19:27 User comments (8)

Microsoft confirms massive Internet Explorer vulnerability, hundreds of millions at risk Microsoft has confirmed a zero-day vulnerability that has put a large portion of the world's computer users at risk.
The exploit affects Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11.

Microsoft explains that "the vulnerability is a remote code execution vulnerability. The vulnerability exists in the way that Internet Explorer accesses an object in memory 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."

The software giant is preparing a patch and it is so critical that it could be provided out-of-cycle.

Internet Explorer is used by about 55 percent of the world as their preferred browser, leavings hundreds of millions vulnerable.

Read more here: Vulnerability in Internet Explorer Could Allow Remote Code Execution

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8 user comments

128.4.2014 5:26

Good thing smart people quit using IE many many years ago!

228.4.2014 8:29

Originally posted by xnonsuchx:
Good thing smart people quit using IE many many years ago!
The only problem is that for ever "smart" person (us who keep up with tech), there's probably a 1000 more who aren't as informed.

328.4.2014 15:44

Originally posted by bhetrick:
Originally posted by xnonsuchx:
Good thing smart people quit using IE many many years ago!
The only problem is that for ever "smart" person (us who keep up with tech), there's probably a 1000 more who aren't as informed.
Or have IE mandated through enterprise. It's crazy.

428.4.2014 20:39

Originally posted by xnonsuchx:
Good thing smart people quit using IE many many years ago!
HA HA HA.............so true!

And companies that stick EXCLUSIVELY with IE are just lazy putzes for IT peeps!!!!

528.4.2014 21:30

Originally posted by hearme0:
Originally posted by xnonsuchx:
Good thing smart people quit using IE many many years ago!
HA HA HA.............so true!

And companies that stick EXCLUSIVELY with IE are just lazy putzes for IT peeps!!!!
Unfortunately a lot of companies are still using old web-esque apps that only work with IE...and switching over to something new can cost millions. A good IT staff will install a second browser and restrict IE to the app...but most are too lazy for that. Of course, that isn't the majority of IE users; the majority are just people with no tech knowledge that use IE because it was installed on the computer when they bought it...and those people won't do the fix unless it is done automatically for them.


62.5.2014 19:59

You guys seem to forget that we all need internet explorer. How else would we download firefox and chrome?


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72.5.2014 21:52

I've never had a problem with IE. You must be doing something pretty shady if you're encountering problems...lol. No problems watching porn here, and virus free.

83.5.2014 8:23

Originally posted by KillerBug:
A good IT staff will install a second browser and restrict IE to the app...but most are too lazy for that.

OH we Try ... in remote offices, away from the data center, we still get

'why do you have chrome on desktops'

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