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New zero-day vulnerability identified in all versions of IE

2014-04-28 09:53 by
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A flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser could allow hackers access to the personal information of countless millions of web users. The vulnerability was discovered by cyber security software maker FireEye Inc. which said the flaw is a "zero-day" threat. This means the first attacks were made on the vulnerability before Microsoft was aware of it. FireEye also revealed a sophisticated hacker group has already been exploiting the flaw in a campaign dubbed "Operation Clandestine Fox", which targets US military and financial institutions.

Microsoft said it was aware of "limited target attacks" in a security advisory posted Saturday. The flaw affects Internet Explorer versions 6 through 11. However, hackers are mostly targeting versions 9 through 11, according to the security firm FireEye, which discovered the flaw.

"The vulnerability exists in the way that Internet Explorer accesses an object in memory that has been deleted or has not been properly allocated. The vulnerability may corrupt memory in a way that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user within Internet Explorer. An attacker could host a specially crafted website that is designed to exploit this vulnerability through Internet Explorer and then convince a user to view the website," the company explained.

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