July 28, 2014

Microsoft to release “Fix it” as workaround for IE zero-day vulnerability

(LiveHacking.Com) – In the next few days Microsoft will release a “Fix it” as a workaround for the recently discovered IE zero-day vulnerability. Previously Microsoft had urged user to install the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) to help to prevent a malicious website from exploiting the vulnerability. However many commentors have pointed out that the EMET needs to be installed and configured manually, a task would could be beyond some users.

“The Fix it is an easy-to-use, one-click, full-strength solution any Internet Explorer user can install. It will not affect your ability to browse the Web, and it will provide full protection against this issue until an update is available. It won’t require a reboot of your computer,” said Microsoft in a statement.

The German government is taking this vulnerability very seriously, so much so its Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) has published an advisory, telling Internet Explorer users to switch to alternative browsers until a patch is released for IE. Microsoft is saying that it has only seen a “few attempts to exploit the issue” and that it has impacted “an extremely limited number of people,” however it is still working to fix the issue.

Microsoft will release the “Fix it” for everyone to download and install within the next few days.

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