And then there was one less! Microsoft has revised its Patch Tuesday update page to strike off an Internet Explorer vulnerability. The patch was released earlier this week, but apparently the flaw that was supposed to be repaired is not really fixed.
Luckily IE 11 is the only version of the browser that is not actually affected by this vulnerability.
Speaking of which, the vulnerability in question is the terrifyingly named Internet Explorer Memory Corruption Vulnerability, which is listed here as CVE-2013-3871. This is a security hole that that affects pretty much all versions of Microsoft’s flagship web browser, with the exception of version 11.
In other words, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 users that have installed IE 11) are in the safe.
An attacker, sophisticated enough to successfully exploit this glitch gets the ability to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system. Microsoft rates the flaw as Critical.
Redmond is still cooking up a fully working patch, and claims that the vulnerability will be fixed in a future update — December 2013 Patch Tuesday updates, most probably. The software titan has also promised more details on the bug in the near future.
Users are not required to have to take any action to protect their computers, however, as it appears this particular flaw is not out in the public yet.