Microsoft points to security tool to plug IE vulnerability

Summary:Windows users are asked to download free security software following the recent discovery of a zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer.

Microsoft has urged Windows users to install a free security software to protect their PCs from a newly discovered vulnerability in its Internet Explorer browser.

The software giant said it will advise customers on its Web site to install the software as an interim measure, buying some time for it to fix the bug and release a new, more secure version of Internet Explorer, Reuters reported on Monday.

The free security tool, called the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET), will prevent hackers from gaining access to Windows-based systems and is currently available on Microsoft Web site.

This comes after security researcher Eric Romang discovered a new zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer , which he claimed woud affect fully patched versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, 8 and 9.

Topics: Security, Browser, Microsoft

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