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Dec 17 2008   5:41AM GMT

Serious security flaw found in Internet Explorer

Yasir Irfan Yasir Irfan Profile: Yasir Irfan

Dear Friends users of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer are being advised by experts to switch to a rival until a serious security flaw has been fixed.

The flaw in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer could allow criminals to take control of people’s computers and steal their passwords, internet experts say.

According to CNET news  Microsoft issued a critical security warning Tuesday that a malicious exploit is making the rounds and attacking vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer 7.

The risk is believed to be widespread, given that IE 7 is the latest version of Microsoft’s browser and is bundled with XP service pack 3 and also Vista, said Dave Marcus, director of security research and communications for McAfee’s Avert Labs.

The AZN Trojan, which has been making the rounds since the first week of December, has the potential of infecting users’ system with a Trojan horse, or “downloaders” that can download other forms of malware onto a user’s system.

Please acces the complete article  at CNET  website.

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  • Labnuke99
    Microsoft is scheduled to release a security bulletin (out-of-band) to address a vulnerability in Internet Explorer on all currently supported versions of Windows. The bulletin is scheduled for release at approximately 10 A.M. Pacific Time on Wednesday, December 17, 2008. This security update will be released outside of the usual monthly security bulletin release cycle in an effort to protect customers. Microsoft recommends customers prepare their systems and networks to apply this security bulletin immediately once released to help ensure that their computers are protected from attempted criminal attacks. For more information about security updates, visit The purpose of this notification is to assist customers with resource planning for this security bulletin release. The information offered in this notification is purposely general in nature to provide enough information for customers to plan for deployment without disclosing vulnerability details or other information that could put them at risk. Anyone believed to have been affected can visit: and should contact the national law enforcement agency in their country. Those in the United States can contact Customer Service and Support at no charge using the PC Safety hotline at (866) PC SAFETY. Additionally, customers in the United States should contact their local FBI office or report their situation at: Microsoft continues to encourage customers to follow the “Protect Your Computer” guidance of enabling a firewall, applying all software updates, and installing anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Additional information can be found at: New Bulletin Summary Bulletin Identifier Windows Bulletin, Internet Explorer Maximum Severity Rating Critical Impact of Vulnerability Remote Code Execution Detection Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer can detect whether your computer system requires this update. Restart Requirement May require restart Affected Software Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer The full version of the Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for this month can be found here: Although we do not anticipate any changes, the information provided in this summary is subject to change until the release. At this time, no additional information on this bulletin such as details regarding severity or details regarding the vulnerability will be made available until the bulletin is published. Public Bulletin Webcast Microsoft will host two Webcasts to address customer questions on these bulletins: Title: Information About Microsoft December Out-of-Band Security Bulletin (Level 200) Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time (U.S. & Canada) URL: Title: Information About Microsoft December Out-of-Band Security Bulletin #2 (Level 200) Date: Thursday, December 18, 2008 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time (U.S. & Canada) URL: Regarding Information Consistency We strive to provide you with accurate information in static (this mail) and dynamic (Web-based) content. Microsoft’s security content posted to the Web is occasionally updated to reflect late-breaking information. If this results in an inconsistency between the information here and the information in Microsoft’s Web-based security content, the information in Microsoft’s Web-based security content is authoritative. If you have any questions regarding this alert please contact your Technical Account Manager or Application Development Consultant. Thank you, Microsoft CSS Security Team
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