Posted - 04/28/2014 : 11:41:36
| If you are reading this with Interent Explorer, you should read the rest, then hide under the covers.
Microsoft said that hackers looking to exploit an IE flaw could host a "specially crafted website" containing content that can help them get complete control of your computer.
However, they would still need to convince users to view the website for them to be able to gain access to their computer.
They could do this by getting them to click on a link sent via an email or instant messenger, or by opening an attachment sent through an email.
However, a hacker would have "no way to force users" to view the content.
If successful, a hacker could gain the same rights as the computer's current user.
"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," the firm warned.
"An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights."
A few more details and suggestions from Microsoft on what to do, here:
Basically, if you are using IE on WinXP, you need to stop. Other versions of Windows will receive a patch when its ready.