New bugs found in Outlook, Internet Explorer

Microsoft is investigating a new set of potentially serious security flaws in Internet Explorer and Outlook reported by security company eEye Digital Security, the software maker said Friday.

The two flaws in the Web browser and e-mail client could let an attacker take control over a system with minimal action from the user, eEye said in two security alerts posted on its page of upcoming advisories. The company ranks the flaws "high" risk.

One of the vulnerabilities could let an attacker compromise a user's machine after the user clicks on a Web link, said Marc Maiffret, co-founder and chief hacking officer at eEye. "Nothing that would be normally suspicious to the user," he said. The flaws affect both Outlook and Outlook Express, according to Maiffret.

The flaws exist in the default installations of the applications on most current versions of Windows, according to eEye. The company has informed Microsoft and will not provide further details until Microsoft has provided a patch or security alert, it said on its Web site.

"We keep all the details private until Microsoft produces a patch. But that is not to say that nobody else has discovered the vulnerability and produced an exploit," Maiffret said. However, eEye has not seen any attacks that take advantage of the flaws yet, he said.

Microsoft is investigating the privately reported possible vulnerabilities, a spokeswoman for the Redmond, Washington, software maker said. The company is not aware of any attempts to exploit the vulnerabilities, she said.

Upon the completion of the investigation, Microsoft will take the appropriate action to protect users. That could be a fix as part of the company's monthly patching cycle, a fix in the next service pack or a special update, the spokeswoman said.

EEye reported the flaws to Microsoft on March 16 and March 29, according to the eEye Web site. Maiffret hopes Microsoft will produce a patch within two months, the industry standard time for delivering a fix, he said.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Joris Evers

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?