New vulnerability identified in all versions of Internet Explorer
|Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released an advisory which urges computer users to consider using an alternative to Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser (i.e. Chrome, Firefox, or Safari). A flaw in the browser was discovered over the weekend. This security flaw affects Internet Explorer versions 6 through 11.|
Microsoft released an advisory, stating the vulnerability could allow a hacker to "take complete control of an affected system, and then do things such as viewing, changing, or deleting data; installing malicious programs; or creating accounts that would give hackers full user rights."
If you are working on a SolutionWorx managed system, we provide protection through endpoint security, network entry point, and email security to minimize risks presented by this vulnerability.
As soon as there is a fix available, SolutionWorx will update all of our fully managed systems. However, there will be no fix for XP based systems. These systems will remain vulnerable.
For home users we would recommend not using Internet Explorer until you are sure that your system has been updated. Switching to Chrome (www.google.com/chrome), or Firefox (www.getfirefox.com) will eliminate the risk from this particular vulnerability.
Regardless of the browser you use, normal safe browsing rules will prevent the vast majority of issues surrounding this exploit.
- Keep your Antivirus/endpoint security up to date (we do this for all managed systems).
- Be cautious when browsing to unknown websites.
- Be cautious when clicking on links in emails.
- Be cautious when opening email attachments.
For more information, please see: http://www.cnet.com/news/new-zero-day-vulnerability-identified-in-all-versions-of-ie/
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