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Call Your Grandparents: Every Version of Internet Explorer Subject to New Vulnerability

"Billy, there's something wrong with the googles."

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If it’s been a while since you’ve visited MiMi and PopPop, now’s probably a good time to check in on them. Microsoft has confirmed that every version of Internet Explorer is vulnerable to a security flaw, making “remote code execution” possible. This could give hackers full control of a system remotely.

Microsoft has made the recommendation that users implement workarounds like:

Deploy the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit 4.1

The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) helps mitigate the exploitation of this vulnerability by adding additional protection layers that make the vulnerability harder to exploit. EMET 4.1 is officially supported by Microsoft. At this time, EMET is only available in the English language. For more information, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 2458544.

That could stop some features and sites from loading properly, and of course, “Install literally any other browser,” is a much simpler option.

For more information on the specifics of the “remote code execution” attacks, you can read Microsoft’s post about it on their site — just don’t do it from Internet Explorer.

(Microsoft via The Daily Dot, image via Jordan Dawe)

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