BBB Sends Warning About Internet Explorer
April 29, 2014 — The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Northern Indiana is warning computer users to avoid Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser until the company can fix a major vulnerability issue. According to the BBB, the company made the issue known through a Service Advisory issued last weekend. The problem reportedly leaves the web browser at risk for a “remote, unauthorized attack” on a user’s computer. The “use-after-free” vulnerability can allow remote attackers to install code on a user’s computer without authorization. Versions 6 through 11 of Internet Explorer (IE) are affected, and Windows XP users are at greater risk because the company is no longer supporting the product.
Microsoft has suggested “workarounds” until the issue can be resolved, but the BBB is going a step further and encouraging people to stop using the program completely until a solution is in place.
The BBB says, for those who choose to continue using Internet Explorer, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, is urging computer users to download and employ Microsoft’s Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET), which can provide some protection, but “may not mitigate this particular vulnerability.” Disabling Adobe Flash may also help, because the attack may not work without it.