Microsoft advises IE users on ways to protect against zero-day bug
Microsoft has reportedly issued an advisory to Internet Explorer users, offering suggestions to defend against the new zero-day bug.
Microsoft Security Advisory 2963983, which was updated on Monday, offers new information about the new zero-day vulnerability that affects all versions of Internet Explorer.
According to CNET, Microsoft has revealed that the flaw could allow remote code execution and has already been used in "limited, targeted attacks, though those attacks have so far affected only IE versions 9, 10, and 11.
To combat the vulnerability issue, Microsoft explains how to enable Enhanced Protected Mode (EPM) in the "suggested actions" section of its advisory.
IE users can follow these steps to steer clear of the bug:
To enable EPM in IE 10 or 11, click the Tools menu and then click Internet options.
In the Internet Options window, click the Advanced tab.
Scroll down the list of options until you see the Security section.
Look for the option to Enable Enhanced Protected Mode and click its checkbox to turn it on.
If you're running IE 11 in a 64-bit version of Windows, you also need to click the checkbox to Enable 64-bit processes for Enhanced Protected Mode.
Restart IE to force the new setting to take effect.
The software giant's workarounds offer temporary solutions to the IE users affected by the critical Internet Explorer zero-day security flaw.
(Posted on 02-05-2014)