Microsoft was recently alerted to a flaw in their Internet Explorer (IE) web browser that, under certain circumstances, could allow an attacker to control a user’s computer. The vulnerability exists in all versions of IE from 6 (released in 2001) through 11. In order to be vulnerable, a user would have to click on a compromised link in a phishing attack, and then be taken to an infected web page.
On Thursday, May 1, Microsoft published a patch for all versions of their infected browser.
For most campus web browsing, we recommend using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. But if you are using Internet Explorer, you don’t need to do anything to address this vulnerability. Your computer will automatically receive the needed updates. For personal or home computers, if you have Windows updates set to install automatically, then you’ll get the update; if you install your updates manually, be sure to check for new updates right away.
If you need assistance or have any questions about this, please contact the ITS Service Desk at extension 4040, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us in Mulva 108.
Category: Advisories & Alerts