Latest Zero Day Microsoft Exploit Affects Virtually All Versions of IE, No Fix For XP

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Microsoft is scrambling to fix a security flaw in its Internet Explorer (IE) browser that could allow a hacker to remotely execute malicious code if users visit an infected website. Unfortunately, the security bug is present on just about every version of IE, and if you're a Windows XP user, be advised that no security fix is coming your way now that you're using an unsupported operating system.

There have already been what Microsoft claims are "limited, targeted attacks." What's most often the case is that hackers taking advantage of the exploit for nefarious purposes will try to convince a user to click on a link in an email or instant message directing them to the malicious website.

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"Our initial investigation has revealed that Enhanced Protected Mode, on by default for the modern browsing experience in Internet Explorer 10 and Internet Explorer 11, as well as Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) 4.1 and EMET 5.0 Technical Preview, will help protect against this potential risk," Microsoft stated in a blog post. "We also encourage you to follow the 'Protect Your Computer' guidance of enabling a firewall, applying all software updates and installing anti-virus and anti-spyware software."

You should also avoid clicking on suspicious links or opening email messages from senders you're not familiar with, as well as exercise caution when visiting websites, Microsoft says. Those of you sticking with XP no matter what, security researchers recommend using an alternative browser, such as Chrome, Firefox, or Opera.
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It is a good thing no one uses IE anymore.

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Chondro replied on Mon, Apr 28 2014 2:03 PM

hmmm sounds like Microsoft came up with this security issue in hopes people with xp will upgrade.

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realneil replied on Mon, Apr 28 2014 9:57 PM

Using IE has always been a lot like wearing Fiberglass Underwear.

I see that hasn't changed,........

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RiCoFrost replied on Mon, Apr 28 2014 10:10 PM

Vulnerability:

A new zero-day vulnerability that resides in all versions of Internet Explorer has been identified. This vulnerability uses Adobe Flash Player in conjunction with Internet Explorer and could potentially allow an attacker to take control of an affected system. Adobe has released security updates to address these vulnerabilities.

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RiCoFrost replied on Mon, Apr 28 2014 10:10 PM

Good old flash :P

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elkhorn replied on Tue, Apr 29 2014 8:46 AM

I was wanting to know if this effects windows 7 pro ??

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