Microsoft has posted a security advisory about a new security vulnerability that is affecting older Internet Explorer , precisely Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7. Microsoft’s latest web browser Internet Explorer 8 is not affected by the vulnerability according to the security advisory.
The impact of the vulnerability is a remote code execution that can be triggered by an invalid pointer reference that can be the cause for the remote code execution.
Microsoft is aware of targeted attacks. It is therefor recommended to update Internet Explorer to the latest version or ensure that Protected Mode in Internet Explorer is enabled.
Possible attack vectors are manipulated websites that are used to exploit the security vulnerability either directly or by third party code that is being displayed on the website or by attacking the email clients Microsoft Outlook or Windows Mail with HTML emails that exploit the vulnerability.
Interested users can visit the security advisory issued by Microsoft to get additional information about the security vulnerability.
Another possibility to protect the computer from the vulnerability would be to switch at least temporary to another Internet browser although this might not always be possible.
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