Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser has once again come into the security vulnerability limelight. In a recent tweet by the Homeland Security Cyber Cell, the US-CERT highlighted on the latest bug that has affected Internet Explorer and several other software. Microsoft weighed in within just a while after the official tweet from the Homeland Security Department, detailing its userbase on how this new loophole affects the Internet Explorer.
Microsoft also made it clear that the latest bug has affected Internet Explorer across all the supported versions of Windows. This new bug specifically attacks the thread between Internet Explorer and system memory. A hacker can easily manipulate this security loophole to run malicious codes on an infected device and tricks the user in clicking malicious links and search results.
Looking back at the beginning of this week, many analysts believe that this malicious bug affecting the Internet Explorer seems quite like the one that affected Mozilla Firefox. However, there is another similarity over here: Both Mozilla and Microsoft highlighted the role of Qihoo 360, creators of the Total Security 360 antivirus program, in locating the loophole for the first time while under active attack. Qihoo 360 is a Chinese security software and technology company.
However, all these three entities are currently lip-locked on who the creators are of this new bug and who are the targets. Any detailed word so far on the exploitation of the new bug has been narrated by the U.S. government’s cybersecurity advisory. However, Microsoft has revealed to TechCrunch that it knows the targeted criteria and is working on a fix for the security loophole, which will be scheduled to release as a monthly security update package via Windows update on February 11. Apart from this, no other details have been released by the affected-software makers.