Users urged to patch Internet Explorer

Two prominent security groups have urged Microsoft Internet Explorer users to apply the latest cumulative security patch to their...

Two prominent security groups have urged Microsoft Internet Explorer users to apply the latest cumulative security patch to their browsers saying the need to apply the patch is "imperative".

The Computer Emergency Response Team/Coordination Center (CERT/CC) and Internet Security Systems' X-Force security monitoring team issued their alerts on Monday and Tuesday (25 and 26 February), respectively.

The flaws fixed by the patch affect Internet Explorer version 5.01 and higher, according to the security alert originally provided by Microsoft. The patch, MS02-005, was first released on 11 February, but initially caused some instability in the browsers to which it was applied.

The patch fixes flaws in Internet Explorer that could allow malicious code embedded in HTML to be executed either in Internet Explorer or in Outlook Express e-mail clients that use Internet Explorer for some functions, Microsoft said. The vulnerability could be effective in an automated attack tool like a worm, Internet Security Systems said in its alert.

The patch can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/security/bulletin/MS02-005.asp

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