Attention, IE users: Microsoft provides one-click solution to security flaw

20 Sep 2012

Do you use Internet Explorer? If so, then there’s a recently discovered security flaw that needs addressing, and Microsoft has just released a one-click solution to fix it with a critical security update to follow on Friday.

A vulnerability in Internet Explorer that could allow remote code execution was discovered last Friday when the PC of a security researcher in Luxembourg was infected. Though Microsoft claims few users have been affected by the issue, the potential for further infections has led the company to release an immediate solution.

A ‘Fix it’ available now through Microsoft Support addresses the security flaw and protects computers in just one click. Web browsing ability is not affected and a reboot is not required.

Users with Internet Explorer versions 6 through 9 are at risk and are advised to address the issue immediately, while the latest Internet Explorer 10 is unaffected.

Risk of losing users

Microsoft is always working to improve the reputation of its oft-maligned browser, which is the second-most widely used browser in the world behind Chrome, according to StatCounter. Security issues like this are harmful to IE’s usage, as Reuters reported earlier this week that the German government warned the public to stop using Internet Explorer until a security fix was issued.

A cumulative Internet Explorer security update is now set for release on Friday. This critical security patch addresses the vulnerability and other issues, and will be available through Windows Update and Microsoft’s usual distribution channels. Users are advised to install it as soon as it becomes available.

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Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.