May 5, 2014

Internet Exploder & Malware Defense Tips

Internet Explorer Vulnerability 
Microsoft is aware of limited, targeted attacks that attempt to exploit a vulnerability in Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, Internet Explorer 10, and Internet Explorer 11.
The vulnerability is a remote code execution vulnerability. The vulnerability exists in the way that Internet Explorer accesses an object in memory that has been deleted or has not been properly allocated. 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.
On completion of this investigation, Microsoft will 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.
We are actively working with partners in our Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) to provide information that they can use to provide broader protections to customers. For information about protections released by MAPP partners, see MAPP Partners with Updated Protections.
Microsoft continues to encourage customers to follow the guidance in the Microsoft Safety & Security Center of enabling a firewall, applying all software updates, and installing antimalware software.
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Sourcehttps://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/2963983
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Malware Tips for Users 
  • Be very cautious about opening an attachment or clicking a link in an email, instant message, or post on social networks (like Facebook)—even if you know the sender. Call to ask if a friend sent it; if not, delete it or close the instant messaging window.
  • Avoid clicking Agree, OK, or "I accept" in banner ads, in unexpected pop-up windows with warnings or offers to remove spyware or viruses, or on websites that may not seem legitimate.
    • Instead, press "CTRL + F4" or "CTRL + w" on your keyboard to close the window.
    • If the window doesn't close, press "ALT + F4" on your keyboard to close the browser. If asked, close all tabs and don’t save any tabs for the next time you start the browser.
  • Only download software from websites you trust. Be cautious of "free" offers of music, games, videos, and the like. They are notorious for including malware in the download.
  • Remember that your IT department should not include links to change your password by asking you to "CLICK HERE" or tell you that you should click a link in the email before your email account is deleted. If you receive an email like the ones desribed, contact your IT Help Desk.
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Sourcehttp://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/protect-pc.aspx