Yet More Vulnerabilities Found In Internet Explorer

January 25, 2010

(ChattahBox) – Mere hours after an emergency security patch was released by Microsoft, a security agency found several new vulnerabilities within Internet Explorer.

The patch was released after a number of human rights activists in China were targeted in a long line of hacks that put information and privacy at risk on the Internet.

Microsoft has since admitted that it is IE that is the weak link in the chain of security for that and other attacks, which also included hacks into Google, and several prolific Chinese companies.

Core Security Technologies have said, however, that despite this patch they have already found more points that could lead to access by hackers without too much difficulty.

Microsoft has taken this information seriously, and has started a full investigation into the claims for a new patch.

“Microsoft is investigating a responsibly disclosed vulnerability in Internet Explorer,” a spokesman for the technology supergiant said.

“We’re currently unaware of any attacks trying to use the vulnerability or of customer impact, and believe customers are at reduced risk due to responsible disclosure. Once we’re done investigating, we will take appropriate action to help protect customers.”

If another patch is needed it would come before the next installment in the IE series, though they say that IE 8 will have improved security based on these and other findings.

“Customers should also upgrade to the latest version of Internet Explorer, Internet Explorer 8, which provides improved security and privacy protections, as well as sign up for Microsoft Update and enable the Automatic Update functionality. This will enable automatic installation of all applicable updates this month and help to make customer systems more secure.”

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