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article imageNew vulnerability found in Internet Explorer, Microsoft confirms

By Kev Hedges     Apr 28, 2014 in Internet
Microsoft has confirmed on Sunday night a new vulnerability affecting every version of its browser Internet Explorer. The once popular browser now equates to 26 percent of the internet browsing market.
Attackers are taking advantage of the vulnerability and mainly targeting the most popular versions 9, 10 and 11, in what experts are calling a "use after free" attack. The vulnerability could let hackers in and gain access to user rights on any computer that uses the browser. Just eight years ago, Internet Explorer was the most popular browser used worldwide but with the introduction of Firefox, Google Chrome and a number of non-Windows operated smartphones, Internet Explorer has seen its market share diminish.
The latest flaw, confirmed by Microsoft, mainly affects from version 6 through to 11. Many of versions below this are not in use any longer. Microsoft is currently investigating and taking the appropriate steps, according to a report in BBC Technology.
What About XP Users?
Those still using Windows XP operating system will have to pay particular attention to their online security. On April 8 this year, Microsoft announced it would no longer provide official support, bug fixes or security patches to computers still using the operating system.
Moreover, the advice from Microsoft to Windows XP users has been to urge users to upgrade to Windows 7 or 8. The problem is that 30 percent of all desktops are still running on Windows XP and this will the first "zero day" vulnerability that will not be patched for users on that operating system.
When online security firm Symantec tested the vulnerability it crashed Internet Explorer when using a Windows XP operating system. Symantic has also chillingly warned that there is currently no patch available for this vulnerability and Microsoft has not, at the time of this article release, provided a release date for one.
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