Microsoft Warns of Internet Explorer Flaw

Microsoft has warned consumers of a vulnerability in its Internet Explorer browser that could let hackers gain access and user rights to their computers.

The flaw is reported to affect Internet Explorer versions 6-11. Microsoft has said it is investigating the flaw and will take "appropriate steps."

The firm issued a security advisory over the weekend and said the steps "may include providing a solution through our monthly security update release process, or an out-of-cycle security update, depending on customer needs."

The issue may be of special concern to people still using the Windows XP operating system as Microsoft ended official support for the system earlier this month, meaning there will be no more official security updates and bug fixes for XP.

Microsoft warned: "If the current user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system.

"An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights."

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