Microsoft confirms exploit in Internet Explorer 8
Internet Explorer 8 is still the most-used version of Microsoft's web browser family, according to data from Net Applications. Late Friday, Microsoft posted word that it had discovered an exploit in the browser but noted the issue issue does not appear to affect any other versions.
Microsoft's Security blog states the exploit could in theory be used to allow for a "remote code execution if users browse to a malicious website with an affected browser." Computerworld.com reports that the issue was first identified by the security firm Invincea and has already been used by hackers in attacks directed against the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Energy.