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Microsoft issues critical IE patch

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 08 Jun 2010 9:38 User comments (2)

Microsoft issues critical IE patch Microsoft has issued an update for Internet Explorer that will fix multiple vulnerabilities including one critical flaw that would have allowed hackers to remotely take control of host computers.
Additionally, Microsoft is releasing nine other patches that will address 34 vulnerabilities, three of which are considered critical. The vulnerabilities are for Windows, Microsoft Office, IE, Internet Information Services and the .NET Framework.

The company did note that there are currently no active attacks exploiting any of the critical vulnerabilities covered in the patches, but Microsoft is still trying to release the patches as soon as possible.

Jerry Bryant, Microsoft group manager for response communications, says the critical IE exploit was given an exploitability index rating of "1," indicating that the company expects an active exploit within the month.

The critical exploit can occur even if you are using Internet Explorer 8, the most updated of Microsoft's browser offerings.

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2 user comments

111.6.2010 09:43

What would be nice is if they would fix the critical operating error in IE8 that causes the browser to stop responding 8 out of every 10 times you use it. I and a LOT of other people have contacted them about this issue and they consistently claim that it is a user error, mainly falling back on that old false adage that they aren't responsible for the other software you have on your computer that may be interferring with IE8's operations. Sorry Microsoft, but the fact is that IE8 has real problems, much as every other IE version out there. IE7 was probably the most stable browser platform that I've seen in years. So why is it then that suddenly you release a newer version that is as plagued with errors and vulnerabilities as IE5 was back in the day? Seems from both a marketing and fiscal position that you would want to ensure your products work BEFORE they are released to the mass public. Surely the research and investigation to fix all the errors AFTER the fact have to be expensive.

216.6.2010 05:18

I agree, rick. Microsoft are becoming too fond of implementing changes to the stuff we buy from them in good faith that it will work alongside at least the majority of the programs we have installed. Instead, at least in my experience, problems often start with Microsoft's own updates. Unless you are fortunate enough to have learned what goes on in the electrical maelstrom that whirls around under the keyboard, compatability issues can take up more hours of your sessions than anything else.

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