Microsoft fixes IE flaw

2012-09-20 17:30

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Boston - Microsoft said it has fixed a security bug in Internet Explorer that hackers exploited to attack some customers.

The attacks prompted the German government and security experts to urge people to temporarily stop using the browser.

The software maker said late on Wednesday that the permanent repair to the software, used by hundreds of millions of people, would be released on Friday. A majority of Microsoft Windows users have their computers set to automatically download that update.

Microsoft spokesperson Yunsun Wee said in a statement that "the vast majority" of Internet Explorer users had not been attacked as a result of the security flaw.

The vulnerability in Internet Explorer was identified on Friday by a Luxembourg-based security researcher. His computer was infected while analysing a computer server used last year to launch a cyber industrial espionage campaign on dozens of chemical makers and defence contractors.

Network security firm AlienVault said on Tuesday that it had discovered three other servers that hosted malicious websites that exploited the Internet Explorer flaw. It said the latest round of attacks targeted defence contractors, not the general public.

Internet Explorer was the world's second-most widely used browser last month, with about a 33% market share, according to StatCounter. It was close behind Chrome, which had 34% of the market.
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