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Microsoft warns of IE flaw; 50% of global browser market could be affected

Firm is aware of targeted attacks and is currently investigating the flaw
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Microsoft has warned users of a vulnerability in its Internet Explorer web browser.

The flaw could let hackers gain access and user rights to a computer and affects IE versions 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11.

Microsoft has said it is aware of ‘limited, targeted attacks that attempt to exploit the vulnerability’ and has issued a security advisory.

The firm is currently investigating public reports of the vulnerability and has said that it will take appropriate action to protect its customers, which may include ‘providing a solution through our monthly security update release process, or an out-of-cycle security update’.

In the meantime, Microsoft has suggested workarounds – which you can view here – and advises that users continue to protect their PC by keeping Microsoft Software updated.

According to NetMarket Share, IE version 6 to 11 account for more than 50 per cent of the worldwide browser market.

In other Microsoft news, the firm has announced its Q3 results, revealing a revenue boost on the back of its cloud computing.

Its new EVP has also hinted that the firm may move away from the PC platform, in preference of mobile devices. This news comes as Microsoft completes its acquisition of Nokia, which is set to be renamed Microsoft Mobile.

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