Users of Internet Explorer may face the problem of having their computer security breached upon clicking on another link. Microsoft has acknowledged the gap and its staff is working day and night to clear up matters.
Microsoft said in a statement that it "is aware of limited, targeted attacks that attempt to exploit a vulnerability in Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, Internet Explorer 10, and Internet Explorer 11. The vulnerability is a remote code execution vulnerability."
This weekend has been a busy time for Bill Gates’ corporation since this flaw has to be fixed by hook or crook. Hackers are waiting in the folds of cyberspace and ready to pounce upon any innocent frequenter of shady websites. These nefarious elements implant malware into the online environment which results in drainage of the virus onto your computer.
"The vulnerability exists in the way that Internet Explorer accesses an object in memory that has been deleted or has not been properly allocated. The vulnerability may corrupt memory in a way that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user within Internet Explorer. An attacker could host a specially crafted website that is designed to exploit this vulnerability through Internet Explorer and then convince a user to view the website," states Microsoft.
The catastrophic consequences of this possibility are enough to create panic in some very big shots. If the worst were to happen, the entire browser may get rigged by the cybercriminals.
The danger is very real. Everything that a person does on his or her computer is liable to be spied upon by a second or even third party thanks to this fatal leak in the software. And the scenario is very bad for those employing the services of Windows XP. It is not supported by Microsoft any longer and so will give users quite a few shocks if they go on it.
An upgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1 would be a better choice for those who choose to utilize the platform. Maybe an even better option would be to abandon Internet Explorer altogether till a fresh alternative appears on the scene. The satanic bug just revealed needs to be disposed of properly.
Microsoft also states," On completion of this investigation, Microsoft will take the appropriate action to protect our customers, which may include providing a solution through our monthly security update release process, or an out-of-cycle security update, depending on customer needs.
We are actively working with partners in our Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) to provide information that they can use to provide broader protections to customers."
Every institute from banks to ATM machines and restaurants employ Explorer in their day to day operations. To have hackers get a hold of the financial resources of these institutions would be a terrible disaster indeed. That is why a solution is needed and on an urgent basis.
Meanwhile, Internet Explorer users can get more information about protections released by MAPP partners here.