New Zero-Day Involves IE, Puts Windows XP Users At Risk

Monday Mar 1st 2010 by Datamation.com Staff
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Windows XP users who run IE7 or IE8 could be at risk from a VBScript flaw.

InfoWorld: Microsoft has confirmed that it is investigating a VBScript flaw that puts Windows XP users running IE7 or IE8 at risk. The bug could allow hackers to put malware on users' systems, but only if they first convinced users to hit the F1 key.

"First an attacker needs to force a victim to visit a malicious Web page," explained Polish security analyst Maurycy Prodeus. "The victim must be using Windows XP [and] Internet Explorer. A bit of social engineering is required to persuade the victim to push F1 button when [a] VBScript pop-up is displayed."

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