We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem – U.S. Homeland Security
Both the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the UK analog are warning users around the world not to use Internet Explorer. The pointed warning to not use IE (any version of Internet Explorer) follows the discovery of “active exploitation of a use-after-free vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer,” and comes from both US CERT (Homeland Security’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team), and the UK’s CERT.
“This vulnerability affects IE versions 6 through 11,” says U.S. CERT of the Internet Explorer issue.
It is so unusual for a Federal or national agency to issue such a direct warning about a specific browser, that it is hoped that all will sit up and take heed.
While Microsoft says “Microsoft is aware of limited, targeted attacks” on Internet Explorer, and recommends certain workarounds, Homeland Security is more direct: “We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem,” says U.S. Cert, adding that they suggest that users “consider employing an alternative Web browser until an official update is available.”
Microsoft does acknowledge that it is “a vulnerability in Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, Internet Explorer 10, and Internet Explorer 11.”
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