Serious security flaw found in Microsoft Internet Explorer

Serious security flaw found in IE

Users of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer are being urged by experts to switch to a rival until a serious security flaw has been fixed.

The flaw in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer could allow criminals to take control of people’s computers and steal their passwords, internet experts say.

Microsoft urged people to be vigilant while it investigated and prepared an emergency patch to resolve it.

Internet Explorer is used by the vast majority of the world’s computer users.

“Microsoft is continuing its investigation of public reports of attacks against a new vulnerability in Internet Explorer,” said the firm in a security advisory alert about the flaw.

Microsoft says it has detected attacks against IE 7.0 but said the “underlying vulnerability” was present in all versions of the browser.

Other browsers, such as Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Safari, are not vulnerable to the flaw Microsoft has identified.

Browser bait

“In this case, hackers found the hole before Microsoft did,” said Rick Ferguson, senior security advisor at Trend Micro. “This is never a good thing.”

As many as 10,000 websites have been compromised since the vulnerability was discovered, he said.

“What we’ve seen from the exploit so far is it stealing game passwords, but it’s inevitable that it will be adapted by criminals,” he said. “It’s just a question of modifying the payload the trojan installs.”

Still on IE myself, load of bollox, no-one has taken control of my computer.

I think the point they’re making is that its possible. I can’t imagine Microsoft making this big a deal about it if it did’nt have the potential to be pretty serious. If the game nerds have it now the forums are next.

Mozilla all the way

Flock to Flock.

These major security flaws in IE seem to pop up every 6 months or so. I use Maxthon 2, great browser with tons of features.

There are always concerns about IE cropping up. I’ve never seen a reaction like this before. Best just to use a different browser full stop. Plenty of browsers are better anyway.