What is the recent security flaw with Internet Explorer?

This flaw could be a hacker’s paradise since they can bypass your security software. This may affect all versions of Internet Explorer and every release of Windows, which means no one using this browser is safe.

On October 8, 2013, there will be four Critical updates and four Important updates released for Internet Explorer. According to the bulletin from Dustin Childs, Group Manager of Response Communications with Microsoft, “The Critical updates address vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, .NET Framework and Windows.” You can find more information in Security Advisory 2887505 and the ANS summary page.

There is a temporary fix available here and all you need to do is click on “Fix this problem” then restart your IE browser. However, this patch will only work on non-64-bit versions of Windows, which counts out almost all Windows 8 and most Windows 7 computers. If you don’t know what system type you’re running, go to Start, Control Panel, then System Maintenance. Click on System and scroll down until you see your System type, which will either be 32-bit or 64-bit. It’s a good idea to switch to another browser, such as Firefox or Google Chrome until you are able to either put in the temporary fix or apply the Microsoft updates that are being released on October 8, 2013. Leaving your system at risk is never a good thing!