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Internet Explorer patch out later today

Cliff Saran

Microsoft will be releasing a patch later today to protect users from the Internet Explorer security hole that has attacked millions of users around the world.

Users in Asia have been most affected by the zero-day exploit plaguing Internet Explorer, according to anti-virus firm, Symantec.

A user's PC visiting a compromised site is then attacked exploiting the IE Exploit (961051) hole along with several other security vulnerabilities.

Symantec warned that If the user's PC is successfully exploited, the hacker drops various malicious code onto the exploited system such as Downloader and Infostealer.Gamler.

For users who cannot afford to wait for the Microsoft patch, security software company Prevx has developed a small utility that users can run to enable and disable Microsoft's suggested work-arounds. The company said, "This utility will allow you to disable the affected component of Internet Explorer until Microsoft release the patch via their windows update software."

The Microsoft Malware Protection Center blog reported that since the vulnerability went live, roughly 0.2% of users worldwide may have been exposed to websites containing exploits of the latest IE vulnerability. It warned, "That percentage may seem low, however it still means that a significant number of users have been affected. The trend for now is going upwards: we saw an increase of over 50% in the number of reports today compared to yesterday."


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