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More Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities Surface

Internet Explorer users are again potentially at risk, this time from hackers who have posted exploits that have the ability to insert malicious code onto systems running Microsoft’s Web browser. According to Alfred Huger, an analyst with Symantec’s security response team, several new vulnerabilities within Internet Explorer 5.5 and 6.0 have been spotted this week on security mailing lists. Among them is one for which exploit code has been seen in the wild. Hackers who can entice users to specially crafted Web sites — which contain Visual Basic scripts that point to an executable file embedded as a string array in the page — can gain control of the system, and if they want, drop code of their own onto the machine. Typically such code is in the form of a Trojan horse, which allows the hacker to later launch additional attacks on other machines. Full Story

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