Internet Explorer Security Flaw

The United States and United Kingdom governments warned users not to use the Internet Explorer browser – any version – until Microsoft corrects a security flaw.

According to the online magazine, “Microsoft has warned of a new security flaw in all versions of its Internet Explorer web browser for Windows PCs.

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.”

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 understood to be present in IE on Windows XP, although that operating system is no longer supported.

This security risk may a user to execute random code in an exploited browser.  While Microsoft is aware of the problem, no immediate patch date is announced.

I strongly recommend users use a different browser to surf the Internet.  Good options are:

Firefox – Mozilla’s open source browser

Chrome – Google’s Internet browser

Safari – Apple’s Internet browser

I urge you to take immediate action and avoid any potential exploits.