Internet Explorer is under attack by hackers exploiting zero day flaws in the popular Microsoft web browser. Microsoft warns Internet Explorer 6, 7 , and 8 users that an attacker can target the zero day flaw by tricking users into browsing to a malicious website, which begins with a phishing email or instant message. This trick then allows hackers to execute whatever code they want on your computer.
Dustin Childs, group manager of Microsoft response communications in the company’s Microsoft Security Report Center blog, says the security attacks have been rare according to CRN:
“While we have still observed only a few attempts to exploit this issue, we encourage all customers to apply this Fix to help protect their systems.”
Cristian Craioveanu, a Microsoft engineer on the Microsoft Security Research and Defense blog, wrote about the temporary patch, which does not require a system reboot:
“The temporary patch prevents malicious code from targeting the vulnerability. The workaround will have a small effect on the startup time of Internet Explorer.”
Despite any security flaws, Internet Explorer remains a very popular option. According to Ars Technica, Internet Explorer retains 48.75 percent of the worldwide combined browser market share. Internet Explorer 8 was fairly unpopular, resulting in huge losses in market share for Microsoft, but Internet Explorer 9 and also version 10 reversed their fortunes, and they even stole some users from Firefox and Chrome.