New Security Flaw in Internet Explorer, and How to Fix It

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Microsoft has confirmed this week that there is a newly discovered security flaw in Windows Internet Explorer (IE).

Says the Microsoft website: “Microsoft is investigating a new public report of a vulnerability affecting Internet Explorer. We have not been made aware of any attacks attempting to use the reported vulnerability or customer impact at this time, but we are aggressively investigating the public report.”


Microsoft has said that at the end of the investigation they will take appropriate action, which may include issuing a security update. However, in the meantime, they recommend increaing your IE security settings by doing the following (from the Microsoft site):

“1. On the Internet Explorer Tools menu, click Internet Options.
2. In the Internet Options dialog box, click the Security tab, and then click the Internet icon.
3. Under Security level for this zone, move the slider to High. This sets the security level for all Web sites you visit to High.

Note If no slider is visible, click Default Level, and then move the slider to High.

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Note Setting the level to High may cause some Web sites to work incorrectly. If you have difficulty using a Web site after you change this setting, and you are sure the site is safe to use, you can add that site to your list of trusted sites. This will allow the site to work correctly even with the security setting set to High.”

Also note that according to the Microsoft site, enabling this workaround will cause you to be prompted to run ActiveX whenever at a site requiring it. You should answer “yes” to this prompt if you trust the site.

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