Microsoft has issued a critical security alert that the 900 million users of its Internet Explorer Web browser are at risk of having their personal information stolen by hackers.
The warning is over a newly-discovered flaw that affects all versions of the company’s Windows operating system, including Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 (R2). The loophole seems to affect the way Internet Explorer handles some web pages. The company said that the bug is inside Windows and has so far been unable to remove the bug itself and has issued a ‘fix it’ security patch to block any attempts to use it.
However, Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari browsers are unaffected by the threat because, unlike Internet Explorer, they do not support MHTML files, where the problem lies