Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has been alerted to, and is working on, a security flaw in its Internet Explorer browser, which was discovered recently and may potentially affect millions of IT browser users. While the company works on a more secure and stable IE update, it is submitting a temporary patch for users to download at the company’s Web site.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) found the bug that apparently affects all IE users. Attackers could exploit the opening when a PC user accesses a malicious Web site, and the resultant exploitation may then allow the malware to infect the PC and the attacker can then take control of the computer remotely. in response, Microsoft late Monday advised PC users to download the interim security update, which is called the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET), install it, then configure it manually to fit the current PC settings. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is also asking PC users to adjust their computer’s security settings to prevent attacks, but warns that in exchange for improved security, users may have to compromise some of the computer’s usability.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) hasn’t set a timeline for releasing the more secure, stable version of Internet Explorer, but some cyber-security experts seem to think it should be ready within a week. IN the meantime, PC users are asked by experts to use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as the browser on your PC until the IE update is finished – they generally think the adjustments made in the interim would not be worth the trouble because of the diminished utility of the computer.
Windows and its related services and software by Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) have been a constant target for malware and hackers for 25 years. Security is a constant concern for the company, though investors like hedge-fund manager Seth Klarman of Baupost Group have expressed continuing confidence that the company addresses these issues aggressively and works hard to mitigate the issues.