As part of Patch Tuesday Adobe patched a zero-day vulnerability in Flash Player the company claims is being used in targeted attacks against Internet Explorer users on Windows.
The news of the week is discussed, including Schneier’s DDoS article, a patched IE/Edge zero day, a new OS X malware detection method, and Google’s Project Zero prize.
Microsoft this week patched a zero-day vulnerability in the Internet Explorer and Edge browsers being used in the AdGholas malvertising campaign.
Microsoft only released nine bulletins for its first Patch Tuesday of 2016, but six of them are marked critical and seven can lead to remote code execution.
Tuesday’s impending deadline ending security support for Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 is putting companies on notices about moving off older versions of the browser.
Mike Mimoso and Chris Brook discuss the week in news: How the Dutch are opening encryption with open arms, the end of support for IE 8, 9, and 10, and the latest bounty offered up by Zerodium.
After January 12th, only the most current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates.
People using Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 will no longer receive security or technical updates after Tuesday, January 12th. This means that the older versions of Internet Explorer can be exploited by hackers which puts your computer and your data at risk. One last patch will be released January 12th with a reminder to upgrade your browser. If you do not upgrade to Internet Explorer 11, you will begin to receive “End of Life” upgrade notifications urging you to make the switch to Internet Explorer 11. Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 users should upgrade to Internet Explorer 11. Windows 7 users with Internet Explorer 9 or 10 should upgrade to Internet Explorer 11.
Choose a different browser
If you want to stay with a Microsoft product, then you also have the option to switch to Microsoft Edge, their latest, most modern browser, but you must also be using Windows 10.
This is a good opportunity to try another browser like Google Chrome, Firefox, or Opera. We recommend Google Chrome as an alternative to Internet Explorer because of its security features and automatic updates.
There are plenty of alternative browsers to switch to as well; those that specialize in gaming, privacy, media consumption, and other things. Check out this listing of 10 obscure, highly specialized browsers from PCWorld.
How to check which version of Internet Explorer you are using
- 1. Open the browser
- 2. Click the gear or Question icon on the top right
- 3. Select ‘About Internet Explorer’ and a pop-up will appear with the version of your browser
Microsoft announced it has added HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) to Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1 and Windows 7, in addition to its native inclusion in Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.
A researcher has developed a bypass for Microsoft’s latest memory corruption mitigations in Internet Explorer, Heap Isolation and Delay Free.
Microsoft published its Patch Tuesday advance notification, advising IT shops to be ready for nine bulletins, including three critical patches.