Microsoft will issue emergency Internet Explorer fix on December 17th
:eek::eek::eek: A zero day vulnerability is being actively exploited in all supported versions of Internet Explorer. SQL injection techniques are being used to spread dangerous exploit based scripts even on some potentially trusted and respected sites (that may not be programmed as securely as they should be).
While AV protection, best practices, and documented workarounds can help prevent issues; this emergency update is the best form of protection. Please update tomorrow as prompted to ensure the best levels of protection during the holiday season.
QUOTE: REDMOND, Wash. - Microsoft Corp. is taking the unusual step of issuing an emergency fix for a security hole in its Internet Explorer software that has exposed millions of users to having their computers taken over by hackers.
The "zero-day" vulnerability, which came to light last week, allows criminals to take over victims' machines simply by steering them to infected Web sites; users don't have to download anything for their computers to get infected, which makes the flaw in Internet Explorer's programming code so dangerous. Internet Explorer is the world's most widely used Web browser.
Microsoft said it plans to ship a security update, rated "critical," for the browser on Wednesday. People with the Windows Update feature activated on their computers will get the patch automatically.
Thousands of Web sites already have been compromised by criminals looking to exploit the flaw. The bad guys have loaded malicious code onto those sites that automatically infect visitors' machines if they're using Internet Explorer and haven't employed a complicated series of workarounds that Microsoft has suggested.