SEATLE – Internet security experts have said for a long time that MS Internet Explorer is an unsafe browser.
NDJ World | Published: Sep 19 2012 High Tech
Now Microsoft itself, maker of the famous browser, has come forth urging MS-IE users to update their product immediately because of a ‘leak’ that allows hackers to gain access to a user’s computer.
The security flaw in IE 7, 8 & 9 was discovered by security blogger Eric Romang from Luxembourg.
The leak allows hackers to infiltrate millions of computers and download malicious software or take over the computers.
According to Rapid 7 about 41 percent of Internet users in North America and 32 percent world-wide at risk (source: StatCounter).
Microsoft, acknowledging the security problems, says however that ‘hackers aren’t really using the leak’ in large numbers just yet.
The company has since the news spread about the security leak, released a security patch that will allegedly correct the problem but only temporarily.
The security leak exist in MS IE 7,8 & 9 under MS platforms Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.
Microsoft says it doesn’t know when a permanent fix will be available.
The Seattle based company claims that MS Internet Explorer 10 is safe to use however.
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