View Full Version : Computers Security Alert - Vulnerability in Internet Explorer

03-03-2010, 12:35 PM
Affected Software:

• Windows XP
• Windows 2000
• Windows Sever 2003
• Windows Server 2008
• Windows Vista
• Windows NT
• Microsoft Internet Explorer 6
• Microsoft Internet Explorer 7
• Microsoft Internet Explorer 8


A vulnerability has been identified in Microsoft Internet Explorer that could allow an attacker to take complete control of an affected system. An attacker can exploit this vulnerability by hosting a specially crafted webpage. Once the user visits the page, a specially crafted popup box will then prompt the user to press the “F1” Help key. When the user invokes the Windows help command by pressing the “F1” key, the attacker’s code will run inside the browser and exploit the vulnerability.

Successful exploitation could allow an attacker to gain the same privileges as the logged on user. Depending on the privileges associated with the user, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

Someone at my workplace actually had this happen.. so its legit.
I took the computer down, and am checking it for Malware at stuff right now

03-03-2010, 01:02 PM
Figures.I don't use it anyway.IMO IE sucks compared to safari,or firefox.

03-03-2010, 01:06 PM
Figures.I don't use it anyway.IMO IE sucks compared to safari,or firefox.

agreed.. i use firefox..

03-03-2010, 01:07 PM
I dont get why people do what the pop ups tell them to do.. especially if its a site they go to all the time and they get the pop up... friggin shmohawks!