Microsoft issued a security advisory on Saturday regarding an issue that impacts the Internet Explorer Web browser. Microsoft said it was aware of limited, targeted attacks seeking to exploit the vulnerability of Internet Explorer versions 6 through 11.
The vulnerability is being characterized as a “remote code execution vulnerability.” This allows remote code execution if users visit a malicious website with an affected browser. This is attack-by-lure, successfully convincing someone to go ahead and click a link in an email or instant message. An attacker can execute arbitrary code. Also, If the current user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. Dustin Childs, a group manager within the Trustworthy Computing Group at Microsoft, weighed in on the matter Saturday, saying “We are monitoring the threat landscape very closely and will continue to take appropriate action to help protect customers.”
He advised people to follow the “Protect Your Computer” guidance of enabling a firewall, applying all software updates and installing anti-virus and anti-spyware software. “Additionally, we encourage everyone to exercise caution when visiting websites and avoid clicking suspicious links, or opening email messages from unfamiliar senders.”
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