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Microsoft investigates new Internet Explorer bug

Antony Savvas

A potential buffer overflow security vulnerability in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 6 browser has been reported by internet security researchers.

The bug could be exploited by remote hackers if users can be directed to a malicious web page. The bug could lead to attackers being able to run arbitrary code on the machines of affected users.

Internet security company Secunia has confirmed the vulnerability. Microsoft said it is investigating the reported bug and will consider issuing a patch for the potential problem.

No exploits of the bug in the wild, so far have so far been reported. Microsoft this week issued an improved beta 2 version of its forthcoming Internet Explorer 7 browser, which is expected to become available later this year.

Internet Explorer 7 will have improved security and functionality features, to enable it to fully take on up-and-coming open-source browser rival Firefox, which now has around 10% of the browser market.


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