Microsoft Warning For Internet Explorer Customers
Microsoft is warning consumers that a vulnerability in its Internet Explorer Web Browser could allow hackers to gain access to their computers and laptops.
The issues relate specifically to Internet Explorer versions 6 to 11. Microsoft are now investigating the flaw and have confirmed that they will take “appropriate” steps to reduce the “limited, targeted attacks”.
Microsoft issued a security advisory notice on Saturday, confirming that steps “may include providing a solution through our monthly security update release process, or an out-of-cycle security update, depending on customer needs”.
The problem here though, is most concerning to those who are still using their legacy platform ‘Windows XP’. Microsoft ended official support for the product in early April and it means that there will be no further official security updates or bug fixes for Windows XP.
The First Vulnerability For Unpatched XP
There have been a number of different security companies commenting on the vulnerability and Symantec Systems said that it had carried out tests which had confirmed that “the vulnerability does crashe Internet Explorer on Windows XP”. They also confirmed that “This will be the first zero day vulnerability that will not be patched for Windows XP users”, meaning that there is no fix.
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