Microsoft today offers an extraordinary fix that will correct a critical flaw in old versions of Internet Explorer, already exploited and that allows remote control of the affected machines.
In a note released yesterday to announce the correction outside the usual second Tuesday of the month, when the company generally concentrates the updates of software required for its products, Microsoft urgently recommended downloading the update package.
«We recommend that customers install the update as soon as it is available». In the same note, Microsoft explains that it has been «monitoring the problem and decided that an unusual launch was necessary for customer safety».
In early March, the owner of Internet Explorer had already revealed that she was investigating a flaw that would affect Internet Explorer versions 6 and 7 and that allows remote control of the affected machines. Now – that the exploit it has already been published online and the scope of the attacks has increased – go ahead with the necessary corrections to solve the problem and add some more.
In the extraordinary launch scheduled for today, Microsoft adds nine other high-priority fixes, some also targeting the latest version of the browser. In total, all browser versions are supported on all Windows versions.
The browser of the company led by Steve Ballmer was in the spotlight already this year, after it was confirmed that the attacks directed at the networks of several American companies, such as Google, originating in China, took advantage of a flaw in IE. At this time the company also anticipated the release of corrections.