Tuesday, 17 September, 2019

Internet Explorer hit by exploit that lets hackers steal users' data

Internet Explorer security flaw Internet Explorer security flaw
Emmett Howard | 18 April, 2019, 08:38

'A remote code execution vulnerability exists in the way that the scripting engine handles objects in memory in Internet Explorer, ' the firm explained.

Internet Explorer has suffered several backlashes in the past for its inferior security which made many users shift to other browsers.

"As Windows opens MHT files using IE by default, you don't even have to run the browser for this to be a problem - all you have to do is open an attachment sent through chat or email", Engadget reported on Sunday. Web browsers, currently, do not use the.MHT format so when you try to access this file on your PC, Windows opens Internet Explorer by default.

A security researcher has discovered a critical exploit in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser that could let hackers steal files from your system. The security flaw comes from the way Internet Explorer processes MHT files.MHT is Internet Explorer's web archive format.

"[For] example, a request for "c:\Python27\NEWS.txt" can return version information for that program", Page explains.

Make sure to scan all the MHT files in your computer, even if it has been used, opened or modified recently, and even if it hasn't been touched in days.

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"Afterwards, user interactions like duplicate tab "Ctrl+K" and other interactions like right click "Print Preview" or "Print" commands on the web-page may also trigger the XXE vulnerability". Rather a JavaScript function window.print () is enough instead of the interaction of the user with the webpage.

This flaw affects multiple versions of Windows, such as Windows 7, Windows 10 and Windows Server 2012 R2 systems.

This means that while only a fraction of users are still on Internet Explorer, the threat is actually much larger, given the way the security flaw operates.

But the most concerning part related to this flaw is Microsoft's response. The security researcher says he contacted Microsoft in March before now going public with the issue.

Microsoft cybersecurity expert Chris Jackson, earlier in 2019, had urged anyone still using the Internet Explorer to finally give it up.

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