New Zero-Day Exploit Makes IE8 Vulnerable

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Warning Internet Explorer 8 users: A new zero day exploit has been released and it could affect you.

Microsoft warned of the issue on Friday in an advisory, stating, “This is a remote code execution vulnerability. The vulnerability exists in the way that Internet Explorer accesses an object in memory that has been deleted or has not been properly allocated. The vulnerability may corrupt memory in a way that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user within Internet Explorer. An attacker could host a specially crafted website that is designed to exploit this vulnerability through Internet Explorer and then convince a user to view the website.”

The company, meanwhile, signaled it could later provide a security update to address the issue. Microsoft also emphasized that it was important for users to keep a firewall enabled.

According to a report from KrebsonSecurity, hackers had already used the exploit to target the U.S. Department of Labor website.

Internet Explorer isn’t the only thing that’s been plagued by a zero day exploit. Java previously was affected by one in January.