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Internet Explorer flaw triggers Gmail nation-state attack message
Posted on Jun 14 2012 08:45 AM by xper in Security

A security flaw in Internet Explorer is triggering messages in some users’ Gmail accounts that they may be the target of an attack from a nation-state.

The vulnerability in IE was revealed by Microsoft on "Patch Tuesday," a day designated by the company every month to move fixes to its software programs.


Although the package of fixes includes a patch to address the vulnerability in IE, the flaw triggering the warning message was not addressed in the package.

"The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted webpage using Internet Explorer," Microsoft explained in an advisory.

In order for a hacker to exploit the vulnerability, an IE user needs to land on an infected webpage. To steer traffic to such pages, cybercriminals will typically use phishing e-mails or instant messages containing links to the infected locations.

Until Microsoft patches the vulnerability, the company is offering a temporary solution that can be downloaded from its Technet website.

According to cybersecurity software maker Trend Micro, the vulnerability has prompted Google to issue warnings to some of its Gmail users. "Google is flagging attempts to exploit this vulnerability by noting 'Warning: We believe state-sponsored attackers may be attempting to compromise your account or computer,'" it said in an e-mail to PCWorld.

Source: InfoWorld









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