March 31, 2010

Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer Patch

On Tuesday, Microsoft announced the release of an emergency patch for earlier versions of its Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser in an attempt to put a halt to a weakness which hackers were exploiting.

"We recommend that customers install the update as soon as it is available," the US software titan said in a message posted Monday at its security response center website.

"We have been monitoring this issue and have determined an out-of-band release is needed to protect customers."

Microsoft releases software patches the second Tuesday of each month and only resorts to "out-of-band" updates when it sees it too dangerous to wait.

Microsoft said early in March that it was investigating a hole that cyber attackers were taking advantage of in IE 6 and IE 7.

According to the company, hackers could use the flaw to remotely access computers.  The new IE 8 and an old IE 5 version are not affected by the flaw.

This warning came just two months after Microsoft released a patch for IE 6 software after China-based hackers attacked Google and other firms.

Upgrading to the most current version of any Web browser promises to increase protection against cyber crimes.

According to Microsoft, there were nine other software patches, some for IE 8, that were released on Tuesday along with the high-priority fix.


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