Microsoft has released a big security update for Internet Explorer. It’s an important update, since there are almost 60 known vulnerabilities affecting the popular browser.
Microsoft says this update resolves two publicly disclosed and 57 privately disclosed vulnerabilities. That right 57. The worst of the lot could allow someone take over control of your computer by gaining administrator rights. However, if you used the trick for hacker-proofing your computer we talked about a couple of weeks ago, Microsoft says the impact on your system would be a lot less severe. But it’s still important that Internet Explorer users run these updates ASAP.
Windows Vista Users will see critical updates for Internet Explorer 7, 8 & 9. Windows 7 users will get critical updates for IE 8, 9, 10 & 11. Window 8 has patches for Internet Explorer 10 & 11. There will also be a patch for IE 10 & 11 on the Windows RT system. Windows XP users are out of luck when it comes to these patches and because of these updates, hackers now know these flaws exist and can now backwards engineer the patch for Vista to figure out how to exploit the vulnerability.
Other issues addressed by this security update include a flaw in Microsoft Office that could allow someone to take over your computer using specially created files that mimic regular images or documents. There will be patches for Office 2007 and 2010, but none for 2003, which is no longer supported.
Users of Windows 8.1, will need to make sure they’ve updated to Windows 8.1.1 before receiving their security updates.
To check for updates just type Windows updates in the search box in the Start Menu of your Windows Vista or 7 computer or into the Search Charm on your Windows 8 or 8.1 device. Click on the icon and click Check for updates.