The first bugs have been found in the preview version of Internet Explorer 7, one day after it was released to the public.
One security researcher claims he has found a security vulnerability in the browser, which allows remote hackers to crash it and take over a user’s system.
Other faults include compatibility problems with McAfee security software and other security tools.
Security researcher Tom Ferris has released details of a potential security flaw in IE 7. He said an attacker could exploit the flaw by crafting a special web page that can be used to crash the browser or gain complete control of a vulnerable system.
Microsoft has so far not responded to Ferris’ report. It has said however that the new browser is not compatible with McAfee security software – a leading player in the security market. “The McAfee issue is known, and we'll work on this for a future build,” a Microsoft spokesman said.
McAfee said that while there was a problem with graphics, the automated protection offered by its security software was still accessible via IE7.