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Microsoft Patches Internet Explorer Zero-Day Reported by Google

Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday updates for February 2019 address more than 70 vulnerabilities, including an Internet Explorer flaw that Google researchers have spotted being exploited in attacks.

This zero-day vulnerability is tracked as CVE-2019-0676 and it has been described by Microsoft as an information disclosure issue that exists due to the way Internet Explorer handles objects in memory.

An attacker can exploit the flaw to test for the presence of files on the targeted device’s disk, but the victim must be tricked into opening a malicious website using a vulnerable version of Internet Explorer.

The security hole impacts Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft has recently advised users to stop using IE as their default browser due to the security risks associated with the application, which the tech giant now describes as a “compatibility solution.”

Microsoft has credited Clement Lecigne of Google’s Threat Analysis Group for reporting the vulnerability. It’s worth noting that...(continued)

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