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Microsoft releases emergency patch for critical IE8 zero-day exploit
Users running Internet Explorer 8 — an estimated 23 percent of all IE users — should update their systems with an out-of-band emergency patch to prevent a zero-day flaw.
Microsoft has released a fix that patches a critical zero-day vulnerability that was being actively exploited in the wild.
Multiple security firms warned that Internet Explorer 8 was used to launch "watering hole" attacks at government workers at the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Energy. In a security advisory issued on Friday, Microsoft said it was "investigating" the reports and that it was "aware of [the] attacks." It confirmed the flaw as a "remote code execution vulnerability" that allows hackers to inject malware into a webpage or a user's computer.
All Windows versions running IE8 were at risk, including Windows Server 2003, 2008 and R2 versions, though IE6, IE7, IE9 and IE10 were not.
Microsoft releases emergency patch for critical IE8 zero-day exploit | ZDNet
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