Hackers Exploit New Flaw in Internet Explorer; No Patch Yet

The logo of Microsoft Corp.’s Internet Explorer 9 is displayed on a computer monitor. (Bloomberg)
The logo of Microsoft Corp.’s Internet Explorer 9 is displayed on a computer monitor. (Bloomberg)

Microsoft’s security team has issued an advisory about a new nasty flaw in the Internet Explorer web browser.

Vulnerability CVE-2014-1776, to give the problem its formal name, allows miscreants to hijack at-risk Windows computers. It’s all due to “the way Internet Explorer accesses an object in memory that has been deleted or has not been properly allocated”, the software giant explained on Saturday.

The flaw means the browser “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.”

“Microsoft is aware of limited, targeted attacks that attempt to exploit [this] vulnerability in Internet Explorer,” the software giant added.

“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.”

Internet Explorer 6 through 11 are all at risk, on all current versions of Windows from Vista to 8 and Windows Server 2003 to 2012 R2. The bug is thought to be present in IE on Windows XP, although that operating system is no longer supported.

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SOURCE: Simon Sharwood 
The Register

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