One of the oldest and most widely used of all web browsers, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is now in one heck of a pickle, with its security been violated by hackers. In the most recent attempt to humiliate the internet explorer, a hacker has developed a series of codes designed to exploit the flaws within the IE and attack the browser.
As per the report generated by the security firm, Symantec, the codes designed to hit the web browser do not always work, but can surely be used to install unauthorized software on computers running internet explorer. According to Symantec,
“Symantec has conducted further tests and confirmed that it affects Internet Explorer versions 6 and 7. We expect that a fully-functional reliable exploit will be available in the near future.”
The codes to attack the IE work flawlessly on Internet Explorer versions 6 and 7 and as per the tests conducted by Vupen Security, another leading security firm, the codes have been especially forthcoming in their results on machines running Windows XP Service Pack 3 with internet explorer 6 and 7. Though, there have been no inclinations that the attack codes work in the latest version, Internet Explorer 8.
The vulnerability of the Internet Explorer version 6 & 7 that the codes exploit lies in the manner in which the browser receives Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) objects, that are the key elements in the layout of a web page. By using the exploit codes, the hackers guide the users to websites that install malicious software on computers without the knowledge of the users.
In a statement, Symantec said,
Via PC World.