Apparently, Internet Explorer has been under attack. Microsoft announced that they issued a stopgap defense that will protect the browser against such attacks.
The company also added that they are working to issue a patch, which will most likely be out in three weeks. Well, reports reveal that the attacks are linked to an unpatched vulnerability in both Internet Explorer 9 and 10.
The vulnerability found in those versions of Internet Explorer has made it possible for two groups of hackers to break into the browser. Naturally, they managed to compromise Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers which use one of the two versions of Internet Explorer.
Reports reveal that the first attacks may have started as soon as January 17. This means that potentially, a series of customers have been affected since. Fix It was provided by the company on Wednesday. The temporary solution comes about one week after the issue has first been reported.
This means that it was not simple at all for Microsoft to find even a temporary solution to solve this problem. However, they are working at a stable and secure way to completely eliminate the threat.
A rep for Microsoft went to detail the issue that has led to this. He claimed that “the vulnerability is a remote code execution vulnerability [which] exists in the way that Internet Explorer accesses an object in memory that has been deleted or has not been properly allocated.”
The rep went on to add that it “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.”
“This issue allows remote code execution if users browse to a malicious website with an affected browser.” An attacker might also try to convince the user to click on a link in an email or instant message.
The Microsoft support page teaches users what they need to do in order to repair their browser. The company advises users to install the Fix it and then restart Internet Explorer.
Internet Explorer 11 has not been affected by this issue, Microsoft claims.