(The Hosting News) – Older versions of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser were recently left exposed to would-be hackers due to a vulnerability in the platform. That much was was determined by security guru Eric Romang of ZATAZ.com who was credited with discovering the problem earlier this month.
The issue was said to be an exploit related to a previous Zero Day hack that made use of Java coding. However, the latest problem was allowing attackers to install a virus known as the Poison Ivy trojan, according to the BBC.
Initially discussing the problem in a security advisory Monday, Microsoft labeled it a “remote code execution vulnerability,” saying it had to do with the “way that Internet Explorer accesses an object that has been deleted or has not been properly allocated.”
Following the existence of such a problem, memory could be corrupted, allowing hackers to insert arbitrary code.
“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,” the company had warned.
However, the tech community can now rest assured the problem is being taken care of. On Wednesday, Microsoft unveiled a “Fix it,” and today a standard Windows Update looked to correct the issue for users permanently.
Older installations of Internet Explorer that had been infected included versions 8 and 9. Microsoft, meanwhile, emphasized that only a small number of customers had been affected to start with. However, the issue was big enough to where the company said it had to potential to hit more users, had it not been corrected.
Microsoft regularly issues fixes for problems that persist in its Windows and programming software. Database management company Oracle previously worked to fix the 0 Day exploit hitting Java just earlier this month. In that case, hackers used at least ten domains to perform their operations.