How to change the settings in Internet Explorer to minimize your risks for a dangerous new vulnerability.–PC Pitstop
Urgent Fix for Internet Explorer
By Dave Taylor
If you’re running Internet Explorer (MSIE) on your PC, you’ve got a vulnerability that’s dangerous, so dangerous that Microsoft’s poised to release a special system patch. While you’re waiting, here’s how to change the settings on your browser to minimize the risk….
Microsoft Corp. issued a warning on Saturday 26th April, about the vulnerability which could allow remote code execution, and this is vulnerability which affects every single version of Microsoft Internet Explorer – their Technet Security Advisory 2963983 can be found here.
There is a lot more information on the zero-day vulnerability in this gizmodo article regarding the vulnerability, but the gist of the article is that there are ACTIVE EXPLOITS making use of this vulnerability – largely targeting MSIE version 9, 10 and 11 – the attack is call the “use after free” attack and is a fairly complex memory corruption – which then allows the attacker to run arbitrary code on the attacked machine.
According to internet security firm FireEye – the percentage of Internet explorer uses is as high as 26% of all internet users – so more than a quarter of all browsers being used on the internet have the potential to fall foul of this zero-day exploit in MSIE.
Gizmodo suggests that as XP is now “end of life” – there won’t even be a patch for this problem coming to an XP machine – as in – EVER… !!
This post is excerpted with permission from Dave Taylor.
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