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Watch what you click

By Tony Neate on 19 Sep, 2006

Sunbelt Software reports a vulnerability in Internet Explorer that allows malicious websites to install unwanted programs such as viruses. Their blog has screen shots of the infection in progress. The weakness in the browser software that allows this hasn't been reported before, making this a 'zero-day exploit'. In other words, the first we hear about it is when it attacks someone in the wild. Since no patch exists, Sunbelt recommend turning off Javascript (although, of course, this would stop many legitimate websites working properly). Also, as ever, be wary about visiting untrusted websites. Get Safe Online has advice on using different browsers safely, including Internet Explorer, Opera and Firefox as well as identifying potentially dodgy internet sites. [tags]Sunbelt, Internet Explorer, zero-day, vulnerability[/tags]