New Attack Fells Internet Explorer

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An attack code has been posted by hacker with the intention of breaking into computers operating earlier versions of Microsoft’s IE browser. An unnamed hacker has posted the code to Bugtraq mailing directory.

As stated by vendor Symantec, the code can be used in installing unofficial software to the victim PC. Symantec carried out advance test and verified that it impinge on IE version 6 and 7.

Even the Vupen Security a Security consultancy too said that the attack code works on Windows XP Service Pack 3 running IE versions 6 and 7. None of the companies were able to confirm whether the attack code works on Microsoft IE 8 or not.

As the code is greatly enviable by hackers Symantec did not state that the attack is by cyber criminals. If there is a software pop up in online attacks then Microsoft is pressurized to take immediate action. Jointly IE version 6 and 7 command close up to 40 percent of browser market.

Symantec said as Internet Explorer recoups certain Cascading Style Sheet objects, it is used to make layout on Web pages and the attack code can work only when the web page contains spitefully encoded java script. So the hacker can easily entice a victim and install spiteful software on computers.

To avoid the above issue users of IE must make sure that an individual has to visit web sites that he/she trust, antivirus definitions are up to date and disable JavaScript until fixes are obtainable from Microsoft.

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