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SECURITY ALERT: Attacks Against Internet Explorer

(US Eastern Time)
DAY: Tuesday
DATE: September 18, 2012

WHOM DOES THIS AFFECT?

Users of Internet Explorer versions 6, 7, 8 and 9.

SUMMARY:

Microsoft has announced that Internet Explorer versions 6, 7, 8 and 9 are being attacked through an unpatched vulnerability. Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 is not affected. Normal Web browsing could allow an attacker to gain control over your computer. The Information Security Office will monitor for and block known malicious websites and will also notify users once Microsoft has released a patch.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

Use an alternative browser until Microsoft releases a patch for Internet Explorer. Apple Safari and Mozilla Firefox are two alternatives supported by Computing Services.  You may continue to use Internet Explorer for trusted Carnegie Mellon applications only, e.g. Oracle Financials.

MORE INFORMATION:

To review the security advisory released by Microsoft, visit the following location:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/advisory/2757760
                  
CONTACT:

Please direct any questions or comments to the Computing Services Help Center (412-268-HELP or advisor@andrew.cmu.edu) or to your departmental administrator or DSP consultant.