Tuesday 24 September 2019 4:22 pm

Microsoft issues emergency security fix for Internet Explorer

Microsoft has released an emergency patch for its ageing Internet Explorer browser to fix a bug that hackers have used to exploit web users.

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The US tech giant warned users that cyber thieves could use the bug to take over people’s devices and install malware.

“An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights,” Microsoft said.

Hackers could lure users to click on booby-trapped webpages that host malware to exploit the bug, giving cyber criminals control of their victim’s system.

Versions nine to 11 of Internet Explorer are affected.

Satnam Narang, a senior research engineer at cyber security company Tenable, explained the bug could give hackers “the same privileges as the current user”.

“An attacker would have to host the exploit on a malicious website and socially engineer a user into opening that website in Internet Explorer. In the case of a targeted attack, an attacker could include a link to the malicious website in an email or in a malicious email attachment,” he added.

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Net Market Share stats show 8.3 per cent of computers still use Internet Explorer, making it the third most popular web browser behind Chrome and Firefox.