A security flaw in Microsoft‘s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Internet Explorer web browser could be exploited by hackers to gain access to users’ data.
The problem was discovered by Eric Romang, a computer expert in Luxembourg, after his PC was infiltrated by Poison Ivy, malware deployed by cyber-criminals to seize control of a PC using the Internet and steal data, TheStar.com noted.
Examining his computer, Romang determined that the malware had infected his computer though a “zero-day” flaw in Internet Explorer. That flaw had not been previously identified.
Reacting to the discovery, Microsoft issued a security patch to plug the flaw in Internet Explorer. The company advises all users of Internet Explorer to download the patch from its website and install it on their PCs.
Internet Explorer is the second most popular web browser, according to industry research firms, used by hundreds of millions of people worldwide every day. Google‘s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Chrome browser is currently the most popular web browsing software.
Shares of Microsoft slipped fractionally in Tuesday morning trading.