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Old 12-16-2008, 03:21 AM   #1
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Default Internet Explorer users under attack


A friendly note to all Internet Explorer users Ö

If youíre using IE (any version, ranging from 5.01 t0 8.0 beta 2) then you need to be aware of a new vulnerability which is set to become a big problem over the next few days.

Iím not going to rehash the details of this vulnerability other than to say that itís pretty serious and has the scope to affect a massive number of users.

Hereís the scope of this vulnerability according to Microsoft:

Based on our stats, since the vulnerability has gone public, roughly 0.2% of users worldwide may have been exposed to websites containing exploits of this latest vulnerability. That percentage may seem low, however it still means that a significant number of users have been affected. The trend for now is going upwards: we saw an increase of over 50% in the number of reports today compared to yesterday.

For background and more information here are some links:

Microsoft Security Advisory (961051)
The new IE exploits for Advisory 961051, now hosted on pornography sites
Clarification on the various workarounds from the recent IE advisory
The next official Patch Tuesday isnít until January 9, 2009 but Iíve heard whispers that weíll see a patch for this vulnerability out this side of the holidays.

Take care out there Ö especially if youíre still using IE!

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Adrian is a technology journalist and author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology. He also runs a popular blog called The PC Doctor. See his full profile and disclosure of his industry affiliations.
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