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Microsoft Issues Emergency Patch for Zero-day Flaw in the IE Browser


Zero-day could allow an attacker full access to Windows machines.

Microsoft issued a security update and emergency patch for a zero-day flaw in the IE browser that already has been exploited by hackers.

Credit: computing.co.uk

Microsoft has issued a security update and emergency patch for a zero-day flaw in the IE browser which has already been exploited by hackers.

Dubbed CVE-2018-8653, the zero-day is a remote code execution vulnerability in the browser's scripting engine, according to an advisory notice from Microsoft.

"A remote code execution vulnerability exists in the way that the scripting engine handles objects in memory in Internet Explorer," the notice reads.

"The vulnerability could corrupt memory in such a way that an attacker could execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user.

"If the current user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could take control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights."

 

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