Microsoft is urging its users to install a new security patch for the Internet Explorer Zero-Day flaw which could be anytime exploited by hackers to run malicious code. Security analysts from the American Technology company say that the exploit can trick IE users in clicking on malicious links and might make them visit unsafe web pages.
The Redmond giant specified in its latest statement that flaw affects IE versions 9,10 & 11 and can to lead to real-time attacks with remote code execution threat on the browser’s scripting engine that helps threat actors install malicious programs, view, alter or erase data and generate new accounts with full user privileges.
As per the stats compiled by the research firm StatCounter, over 7% of web users are using the affected versions of IE which doesn’t include IE Edge and all are said to be vulnerable to cyber-attacks. So, those using Windows 7, 8, 10 and even some using Windows Server versions are said to be susceptible to attacks.
By default, those who have opted for automated updates will get the fix updated on their systems soon. But those who do it manually should install the security patch via Windows update.
Note 1- Windows 10 users should manually activate IE 11 and so the threat vulnerability is low for these users.
Note 2- As per the numbers offered by StatCounter, Usage share of IE across the globe is meager 2.29% while the share occupied by IE among desktop browsers is 7.3%. Usage share of IE on mobiles is 0.05% and on Tablets is 0.075%