Science and Tech


Every Version Of Internet Explorer Has Same Security Flaw

Microsoft confirms every single version of the web browser in use today carries the same vulnerability to remote attacks.
Posted at 6:19 PM, Apr 27, 2014

The web browser we all love to hate apparently has a pretty wide-reaching design flaw.

Microsoft confirms every single version of Internet Explorer in use today has a vulnerability to what's known as "use after free" attacks. That would allow attackers to execute code remotely on a user's computer.

Microsoft explains an attacker could access "an object in memory that has been deleted or has not been properly allocated. The vulnerability may corrupt memory in a way that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code."

Gizmodo says Microsoft will likely launch a security patch soon to take care of the issue. Though this news has some people wondering, who even uses Internet Explorer anymore?

The answer: quite a few. Sure, it's fallen from its mid-2000s glory days, but according to security firm Fire Eye, Internet Explorer still holds 26 percent of the browser market share. (Via Wikimedia Commons)

Microsoft advises Internet Explorer users to keep the browser updated, so any necessary security patches can take effect.