Internet Explorer hit by serious vulnerability – MS issues security patch – Windows XP Included


Microsoft has reported that a security flaw in its Internet Explorer browser could allow hackers to access your personal information especially if you are still using Windows XP.

The bug has been found to affect IE versions 6 through 11 and was found by Microsoft’s security company FireEye. The company says that the flaw leaves around 56 percent of the browser market vulnerable to attack. The bug has been classified as a “Zero Day” flaw which gives victims zero warnings before attack.

The flaw is a remote code execution vulnerability which means that a hacker can successfully run software on a victim’s computer after attack. Microsoft issued a security alert which said that “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. The phrase โ€œarbitrary codeโ€ means pretty much any software that the attacker chooses to run.”

In short, a hacker could install programs, view and delete data simply by visiting a website that you are running at the same time on your IE.

FireEye has said that a gang of attackers has already launched a campaign exploiting the flaw. Microsoft reported that IE9 through IE11 versions are the worst-hit as the three versions of IE account for almost 26 percent of the web browsers currently in use around the world. The software giant has said that Internet Explorer 10 and 11 are safe from the flaw only if the Enhanced Protected Mode in these browsers is turned on. The company is currently working on fixing the problem and might soon come out with an update.

UPDATE :ย Microsoft is issuing a fix for the “zero-day” vulnerability found in Internet Explorer last week. The update should be rolling out to all users any time now. In addition to updating Internet Explorer, Microsoft is also providing a fix for Windows XP, despite the fact that the operating system is no longer officially supported. The fix was issued because support for XP ended recently.

Source :ย Microsoft.

Windows 8


Windows 8 is the tentative name for the upcoming version of the Microsoft Windows family of operating systems, for use on personal computers.It is expected to be released in 2012.ย 

At the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Microsoft announced that it would be including support for system-on-a-chip (SoC) and mobile ARM processors in its next version of the Windows operating system,which is expected to be called Windows 8. It is anticipated that Windows 8 will be released in 2012 or later.

Windows 8 includes a new “Hybrid Boot” option that uses “advanced hibernation functionality” on shutdown to allow faster startup times.Another new feature is the ability to create a Portable Workspace, an installation of Windows 8 on a USB storage device.

Milestone 1 (build 7850, with a build date of September 22, 2010) was leaked to BetaArchive, an online beta community, which was soon leaked to P2P/torrent sharing networks on April 12, 2011. Milestone 1 includes a ribbon interface for Windows Explorer, a PDF reader called Modern Reader, an updated task manager called Modern Task Manager, and native ISO mounting. Build 7955 (with a build date of February 22, 2011) was leaked on April 25, 2011. A Milestone 3 build, build 7971, was released to close partners of Microsoft on March 29, 2011but was kept under heavy security. However, a few screenshots were leaked. The Windows 7 Basic theme has been replaced with a new theme, where the boxes that encase the “close, maximize, and minimize” buttons have been removed, leaving just the signs. Milestone 3 includes a new Welcome screen, a new packaged application model called AppX that is based on Silverlight,and a setting for automatically adjusting the window color to fit the wallpaper. It also includes a stripped down “Immersive” version of Internet Explorer, similar to the mobile version of Internet Explorer, but using the desktop Trident rendering engine.