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Internet Explorer 8 secure from new 0-Day exploit

Internet Explorer 8 secure from new 0-Day exploit

If you are using Internet Explorer 6 or 7 then you may want to contemplate moving to IE8 because these older versions of Microsoft’s browser are vulnerable to a newly found 0-day exploit.

A security flaw which involves a dangling pointer in Microsoft’s HTML Viewer (mshtml.dll) creates a possible route for hackers to crash the browser and inject malware, if they can get the users to visit some malicious sites specifically coded to exploit this hole. Some exploits have already been reported over the weekend with higher quality attacks planned.

Symantec have ran tests to confirm that these exploits affect both IE6 and IE7 with IE8 apparently safe from the flaw due to improved coding algorithms. If you don’t want to upgrade to IE8 then you can disable Javascript and remain on trusted websites, avoiding dodgy links in email or from people you don’t know.

Or you could just install Firefox or Opera instead.

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