Like all software, Internet Explorer is not without its occasional flaw, despite that Microsoft has made great strides, especially if you remember IE 6. Now a brand new security problem has been discovered and the company has released an Advisory to warn customers about what it is and what can be done.
Security Advisory 2963983 regards a remote code execution, which can occur if the user surfs to a malicious site. This is typical of an attack that arrives as a link in email. However, Microsoft’s Dustin Childs states that “at this time, we are only aware of limited, targeted attacks”.
While the company doesn’t yet have a fix ready, Childs tells us “our initial investigation has revealed that Enhanced Protected Mode, on by default for the modern browsing experience in Internet Explorer 10 and Internet Explorer 11, as well as Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) 4.1 and EMET 5.0 Technical Preview, will help protect against this potential risk”.
Those on Windows XP, which still runs IE 6, are also susceptible, and for you, no help will arrive. If you choose to continue running an antiquated and unsupported operating system, then you are left to fend for yourself.
To learn more about this vulnerability, you can follow the link below. For now, it seems that there is little reason for concern, but we recommend following the advice in the Advisory, just to be on the safe side. Also, remember to never click on links in email.