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Microsoft Issues Emergency Patch for IE Flaw

Microsoft Issues Emergency Patch for IE Flaw

"The vulnerability could corrupt memory in such a way that an attacker could execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user".

Patching is a very important part of a security plan, but the number of patches that must be implemented by your security team has increased dramatically and sometimes the patching schedule can be challenging. I asked Microsoft officials if this app will, at some point, also integrate with LinkedIn information and data and was told by a spokesperson that the company had no information to share on that front at this time. Users with Office Offline can also use the application.

If an attacker was successful in hacking their way in, the vulnerability could gain the con artist the same user rights as the current user.

Microsoft released a security update for Internet Explorer on December 19, 2018 that patches a security issue in the scripting engine. In a community post, Microsoft's Hari Pulapaka details the features of Windows Sandbox: 'How many times have you downloaded an executable file, but were afraid to run it? Obviously, Windows 10 users should be able to get it earlier, but Microsoft has not revealed a launch date yet. Supposedly older IE versions on Windows 7 are also impacted, although IE11 is the only version of Internet Explorer still being supported through regular security updates. By successfully executing the attack, an attacker would gain the same privileges as the now logged-in user, including the ability to add and remove programs, view or change data, or create new user accounts with full administrator rights themselves.

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'At Microsoft we regularly encounter these situations, so we developed Windows Sandbox: an isolated, temporary, desktop environment where you can run untrusted software without the fear of lasting impact to your PC. Each new "feature update" release brings with it a new name and version number, so it can be hard to keep track of what's actually running on your device.

This new Office app is the successor to the existing "My Office" app that's already available to Windows users.

Escaravage said, "Make sure you are always operating on the latest version of anything that is touching the internet". Advanced users are considered as those users who manually "Check for updates" instead of waiting for it to be offered by Microsoft via a pop-up.

The flaw, known as CVE-2018-8653, affects Internet Explorer versions 9, 10 and 11.


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