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Windows 7: MSFT Confirms'Targeted attacks' against old unpatched IE vulnerability

14 Mar 2011   #1

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MSFT Confirms'Targeted attacks' against old unpatched IE vulnerability

Microsoft confirms 'targeted attacks' against old, unpatched IE vulnerability

By Ryan Naraine | March 14, 2011, 10:58am PDT

Microsoft’s inability to fix a troublesome browser vulnerability that dates back to 2004 has come back to haunt users of its flagship Internet Explorer browser. The vulnerability, which affects all supported editions of Microsoft Windows, is currently being used to launch “politically motivated attacks” against human rights activists, most likely in China. Microsoft described these as “limited, targeted attacks” and Google says it is seeing attacks against users of a popular (unnamed) social site.

Here is a warning from Google’s security team:
We’ve noticed some highly targeted and apparently politically motivated attacks against our users. We believe activists may have been a specific target. We’ve also seen attacks against users of another popular social site. All these attacks abuse a publicly-disclosed MHTML vulnerability for which an exploit was publicly posted in January 2011. Users browsing with the Internet Explorer browser are affected.

For now, we recommend concerned users and corporations seriously consider deploying Microsoft’s temporary Fixit to block this attack until an official patch is available.
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