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Windows 7: IE8 zero-day flaw targets U.S. nuke researchers

05 May 2013   #1

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IE8 zero-day flaw targets U.S. nuke researchers

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Security researchers have discovered a previously unreported zero-day attack that targets U.S. government nuclear weapons scientists and researchers. Microsoft has warned Internet Explorer 8 users to upgrade to a later version of the browser, as the potentially affects at most one-quarter of all IE users.
Read more: IE8 zero-day flaw targets U.S. nuke researchers; all versions of Windows affected | ZDNet

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05 May 2013   #2

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Security researchers have discovered a previously unreported zero-day attack that targets U.S. government nuclear weapons scientists and researchers. Microsoft has warned Internet Explorer 8 users to upgrade to a later version of the browser, as the potentially affects at most one-quarter of all IE users.
I bet that they still run Windows XP to make sure that their software is still compatible with the OS and IE. The problem with using IE9 and IE10 is that some of their browser plugins don't work anymore, and OS migration is time consuming. MS still supports IE8 so hopefully they patch it up quickly.
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06 May 2013   #3

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Let's move everyone to Windows 7 and IE9 with Flash :-(

Of course this...
New Internet Explorer vulnerability used to deliver "Poison Ivy" trojan - Neowin
...has been patched, but it just goes to show that the same attack could have been orchestrated using a zero-day venerability in IE9 too.

I still wonder what the antivirus heuristics was thinking. Did it not notice a silent installation occurring?
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