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Symantec urges ME users to apply IE patches

Symantec urges computer users in the Middle East to apply IE patches as Microsoft recently released an ‘out-of-cycle’ security update which addresses several newly discovered critical product vulnerabilities.

Symantec is urging computer users in the Middle East to apply IE patches as Microsoft recently released an ‘out-of-cycle’ security update which addresses several newly discovered critical product vulnerabilities.

Symantec’s advisory comes in response to Microsoft’s recent announcement of a cumulative security update for Microsoft Internet Explorer impacting both consumer and enterprise users. The update is replacing a recent cumulative update provided in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04 - www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms04-025.mspx).

“If a user is logged on with administrative privileges,” says Kevin Isaac, regional director, Middle East & Africa, Symantec, “an attacker who successfully exploited the most severe of these vulnerabilities could take complete control of an affected system, including installing programmes such as spyware and backdoors, viewing, changing, or deleting data, and creating new accounts with full privileges,” he adds.

“With the widespread use of Microsoft Internet Explorer in both the enterprise and consumer environments, it is critical that security patches be applied immediately," says Isaac. “Symantec has already seen exploits in the wild taking advantage of at least one of these vulnerabilities."

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