Apr 01

Computer systems managers at Microsoft are busy making preparations to do emergency patches for systems running IE, as IE 6 and IE 7 are affected by bugs which are repaired in a patch. These IT support systems have been under constant threat from hackers. The software major has posted a message on its website, recommending its customers to install the updates as soon as it is available.

The first warning to its users of the vulnerability in IE6 and IE7 was made by Microsoft on March 9. It has clarified that the bug had not affected the browser’s oldest and newest versions – IE5.01 and IE8 respectively. Microsoft claimed it to be “targeted” attacks. Microsoft further confirmed that it had been monitoring the threat and had determined an out-of-band release to protect its customers from it.

Microsoft comes out with a new software patch on the second Tuesday of each month and only does the ‘out-of-band’ fixes in case of emergency. The company has long since been exploring a hole that cyber attackers were taking advantage of in IE 6 and IE 7. This IT services warning has come just two months after Microsoft released a patch for an IE 6 software hole through which hackers based in China attacked firms like Google and Adobe.

The company is also planning nine other software patches that will be released on Tuesday along with the high-priority fix. The Microsoft bulletin says that vulnerabilities in IE can allow the hackers to execute their codes automatically when any one opens their webpage. This is the extreme threat which can result in the exchange of security passwords of online accounts of the users. However, the patch seems to have solved the problem. But still, more work is going on ousting the loopholes in IE and it will get better in future!

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