This Day On The Street
Continue to site
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

Microsoft Working to Fix Internet Explorer Exploit

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Researchers have uncovered a major new vulnerability for most versions of Microsoft's (MSFT - Get Report) Internet Explorer Web browser. While Microsoft is reportedly working on a fix, the bad news is that there won't be an easy solution for people sticking with Windows XP despite previous warnings.

After more than 12 years, Microsoft ended its support of Windows XP and all versions of Internet Explorer for XP three weeks ago. At that time, the company released its final security update for the operating system, saying it would no longer provide monthly, automatic XP security patches for free. New critical patches will be made available only to paid "Custom Support" subscribers.

There are additional reports Microsoft will continue to provide updates to its Security Essentials virus definitions and Malicious Software Removal Tool until July 14, 2015. Win XP users will reportedly have to manually download and install those updates.

Microsoft shares were up 0.23% to $40 in premarket trading in New York.

Must Read: Why BlackBerry Just Got an Upgrade

According to Microsoft, the just discovered IE problem (Log-in required) is a remote code execution vulnerability. "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 problem exists for all versions of the browser beginning with Internet Explorer 6 and running through the current Internet Explorer 11 which is standard equipment on Windows 8.1 and 8.1 RT computers.

Microsoft isn't saying exactly what it will do to fix the problem but promises to "take the appropriate action to protect our customers, which may include providing a solution through our monthly security update release process, or an out-of-cycle security update, depending on customer needs."

Security experts at FireEye said they've already found a problem. This newly discovered vulnerability uses what is described as a "well-known (Adobe (ADBE)) Flash exploitation" to bypass current Windows protections.

Microsoft continues to suggest that XP users upgrade their computers to currently supported versions of the operating system including Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Microsoft has offered XP users a special "express" version of Laplink's PCmover software to help migrate older data to newer systems.

-- Written by Gary Krakow in New York.

To submit a news tip, send an email to

Gary Krakow is TheStreet's Senior Technology Correspondent.

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Real Money

More than 30 investing pros with skin in the game give you actionable insight and investment ideas.

Product Features:
  • Access to Jim Cramer's daily blog
  • Intraday commentary and news
  • Real-time trading forums
Only $49.95
14-Days Free
14-Days Free
MSFT $49.87 0.00%
AAPL $93.74 0.00%
FB $117.58 0.00%
GOOG $693.01 0.00%
TSLA $240.76 0.00%


Chart of I:DJI
DOW 17,773.64 -57.12 -0.32%
S&P 500 2,065.30 -10.51 -0.51%
NASDAQ 4,775.3580 -29.9330 -0.62%

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs