Internet Explorer holes causing alarm

Monday, 14 June 2004, 1:08 PM EST

Four new holes have been discovered in the Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser that could allow malicious hackers to run attack code on Windows systems, even if those systems have installed the latest software patches from the Redmond, Washington company, security experts warn.

Some of the new flaws are already being used to attack Windows users and include a glitch that allows attackers to fake or "spoof" the address of a Web page, as well as vulnerabilities that enable malicious pages from the Internet to be handled by IE with very little scrutiny or security precautions.

A Microsoft spokeswoman acknowledged the reports and said the company is looking into the attacks and is considering what steps to take, including the release of an emergency security patch to address the problems.

By Paul Roberts at Info World.

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