IE 9.0.2 Update Fixes Critical Vulnerabilities
Article by George Norman
On 11 Aug 2011
Redmond-based software giant Microsoft announced earlier this week that its Internet Explorer (IE) web browser has been updated to version 9.0.2 in order to address some critical vulnerabilities. The update is part of the August 2011 Patch Tuesday, security bulletin MS11-057 “Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer” to be more precise.

The description of the security bulletin says that it addresses five privately reported vulnerabilities and two publicly disclosed vulnerabilities that plague the browser. The description goes on to say that the most severe vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer. If a person with malicious intent were to exploit any of these vulnerabilities, that person would gain the same user rights as the local user.


And speaking of people with malicious intent, Microsoft believes that the bad guys will come up with reliable exploits within the next 30 days. It is thus important that you update your browser and stay safe and secure. The security bulletin is available via Windows update. If you have automatic updating turned on, you don’t have to do anything; Windows will automatically download and install all the security bulletins released as part of the Patch Tuesday program, including the one for IE. But if you don’t have automatic updating turned on, Microsoft recommends you turn it on.

“We recommend that customers who have not enabled automatic updating, enable it (Start Menu, type Windows Update). We recommend that administrators, enterprise installations, and end users who want to install this security update manually, apply the update immediately using update management software or by checking for updates using the Microsoft Update service,” explained Internet Explorer Program Manager Tyson Storey.

If you would like to learn more about the security bulletins Microsoft released this month, you can find relevant info here and here.

Tags: Microsoft, Internet Explorer, Security
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