DHS Warns Against Using Internet Explorer Due to Risks

DHS Warns Against Using Internet Explorer Due to Risks

Recently, Microsoft disclosed a critical flaw in Internet Explorer that impacts versions 6 through 11, prompting a warning from the Department of Homeland Security to avoid using the browser until a fix is implemented. The vulnerability was detailed in a notice from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), a division of Homeland Security.

The vulnerability in question allows attackers to execute unauthorized code on a victim’s computer by using specially crafted HTML content, such as a malicious webpage or email.

DHS Warns Against Using Internet Explorer Due to Risks

This could potentially give attackers the same privileges as the current user, enabling them to install programs, access personal data, or take complete control of the affected system, especially if the user has administrative rights. This poses a significant risk, particularly to users of legacy Windows systems, as Microsoft ceased providing support for Windows XP on April 8, leaving these systems even more vulnerable to such threats.

Fortunately, the majority of Mac users are unaffected by this issue due to the availability of various alternative browsers.

Mac users typically do not use Internet Explorer unless they have specifically installed it for certain needs, such as application compatibility testing.

For those who are still using Internet Explorer, whether on Windows or Mac, it is strongly advised to switch to another browser immediately to mitigate the risk posed by this security flaw. If you know someone who is still using Internet Explorer on their Mac, encourage them to change their browser for their own safety.

US-CERT has been monitoring the situation closely and has observed active exploitation of this flaw.

Tj Luoma

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