Internet Explorer Emergency Updates
Internet Explorer, at one time, accounted for 95% usage share during 2002 and 2003. This was achieved by taking Netscape out of the game in the 1990s. Since that time, Internet Explorer has lost ground quickly to the new boys in town with Firefox and Chrome taking the once king of the browsers down to around 30% of the market. Being preinstalled on Windows computers has allowed it to keep a foot in the door, but most users now find it cumbersome and it has a high image of negativity with repeated security problems.
Things have got so bad that Microsoft are killing off Internet Explorer. What they will replace it with is still under wraps. However, the problems still continue as a recent CRITICAL update was rushed out ahead of the normal monthly release that related to a serious flaw in ENHANCED SECURITY CONFIGURATION.
From PC World
Windows users are encouraged to update their computers as soon as possible after Microsoft pushed out a patch for an issue in Internet Explorer that lets attackers remotely run malicious code with whatever privileges the current user has.
The “Critical” vulnerability affects Internet Explorer versions 7 through 11 on Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10, and Vista. Windows Server 2008, 2012, 2012 R2 and the Windows Server Technical Preview are all affected, but Internet Explorer runs in a “Enhanced Security Configuration” that should mitigate the effects of this problem. The “out-of-band” patch was released outside Microsoft’s typical Patch Tuesday release cycle and allows users and administrators to update their computers quickly.
Microsoft Edge, the new browser included in Windows 10, isn’t affected by the vulnerability. However, Microsoft’s new operating system also ships with a copy of Internet Explorer 11 installed, which is why it’s getting updated.