Microsoft offers temporary fix for live Internet Explorer exploit

Share this article:

A one-click workaround is now available to protect against a zero-day vulnerability affecting version 8 of Internet Explorer (IE).

Microsoft on Wednesday evening EST announced that it has made a Fix-It available to address "known attacks that leverage the vulnerability to execute code," according to a blog post from Dustin Childs, a company spokesman. No restart is required.

Users running IE versions 6, 7, 9 and 10 do not need to take any action.

Microsoft disclosed the vulnerability over the weekend after reports emerged of a "watering hole" attack targeting a section of the U.S. Department of Labor website, with the intended targets apparently being those who conduct nuclear weapons research.

No fewer than nine other sites also were clandestinely seeded with an exploit that takes advantage of the vulnerability. Each of the affected sites are related to energy-related organizations, and researchers believe the malware campaign has been ongoing since mid-March.

It is unknown if Microsoft will have a full, working patch ready for this issue by Tuesday, when it is scheduled to distribute its monthly security update.

Share this article:
You must be a registered member of SC Magazine to post a comment.

Sign up to our newsletters

TOP COMMENTS

More in News

ISSA tackles workforce gap with career lifecycle program

ISSA tackles workforce gap with career lifecycle program ...

On Thursday, the group launched its Cybersecurity Career Lifecycle (CSCL) program.

Amplification DDoS attacks most popular, according to Symantec

Amplification DDoS attacks most popular, according to Symantec

The company noted in a whitepaper released on Tuesday that Domain Name Server amplification attacks have increased 183 percent between January and August.

Court shutters NY co. selling security software with "no value"

A federal court shut down Pairsys at the request of the Federal Trade Commission.