Microsoft issues emergency update for IE versions 6 to 10

Jonathan Riggall


A security vulnerability has been found in all supported versions of Internet Explorer, including the much maligned IE 6. This vulnerability resulted in attempted attacks on Internet Explorer, and Microsoft recommends an urgent update to its browser to fix the problem.

The security hole could have allowed successful hackers to get the same rights as the current IE user, which could be very dangerous to anyone with full administrator rights in Windows. The exploit would come through a malicious website viewed in Internet Explorer – you could not be forced to visit the website, so a hacker would have to find a way to convince you to visit, perhaps through an email link or instant message.

Microsoft issues emergency update for IE versions 6 to 10

Microsoft recommends that users with Internet Explorer version 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 update their browsers. There is a manual fix called ‘CVE-2013-3893 MSHTML Shim Workaround‘, which closes the vulnerability so malicious sites can no longer exploit it.

Find out more at the Microsoft Security TechCenter.

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