Microsoft releases ‘Fix It’ for vulnerability in Internet Explorer 8, 7 and 6 (KB2794220)

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Today, Microsoft made available a “Fix it” to temporarily mitigate the recent vulnerability found in Internet Explorer 8, 7 and 6.

The vulnerability documented as Microsoft Security Advisory (2794220), at the Security TechCenter website, describes the security hole as an exploit that could allow an attacker to execute remote code in a target machine through “a specially crafted website” — For full detail check the link above.

The Fix it 50971 is available for download here, and of course, if you need to reverse the changes, you can use the Fix it 50972 (found in the same page). For those who don’t know: “Fix it” are small programs that execute a set of instructions automatically to resolve a specific issue in Windows, without having the end-user to do the hard work of going through many steps.

It is important to notice that IE9 and IE10 are not affected by the exploit. Microsoft is also advising users to upgrade to at least Internet Explorer 9 to avoid any possible issues, as well as keeping Windows, antivirus and anti-spyware software up-to-date, and always have a firewall enabled.

Microsoft still working in a permanent solution which users can expect as a monthly security update, or as an out-of-cycle update.

Source Security TechCenter via WindowsObserver

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