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Microsoft issues patch against critical security holes in Internet Explorer, Sophos reports

  • 03 August, 2004 10:01

<p>The flaws in Microsoft's software allow malicious code to be run on a vulnerable system</p>
<p>Users of Microsoft Internet Explorer have been urged to download a security patch to protect against three critical vulnerabilities in the software, including one that paved the way for the Scob Trojan horse (also known as Download.Ject or Toofer) in June.</p>
<p>Microsoft published the security update on its website on Friday 30 July 2004.</p>
<p>"Normally Microsoft releases security fixes on a regular scheduled monthly basis, but the emergence of the Scob Trojan horse back in June has forced them to develop this fix and publish it on their website as soon as possible," said Graham Cluley, Senior Technology Consultant for Sophos. "Companies and home users alike should ensure they are running the latest security patches to protect against these kinds of attacks."</p>
<p>Computer users and system administrators can read more about Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04-025 and download protection from Microsoft's website.</p>
<p>"Home users might consider checking out the services Microsoft offers at windowsupdate.microsoft.com, which can scan your home PC for security vulnerabilities and suggest which critical patches need to be installed," continued Cluley.</p>
<p>Sophos continues to recommend computer users practise safe computing as well as running up-to-date anti-virus software.</p>
<p>news ends</p>
<p>Notes for Editors</p>
<p>About Sophos
Sophos is a world leading specialist developer of anti-virus and anti-spam software. Sophos is headquartered in the UK and protects all types of organisations, including small- to medium-sized businesses, large corporations, banks, governments and educational institutions against viruses and spam. The company is acclaimed for delivering the highest level of customer satisfaction and protection in the industry. Sophos's products, backed by 24 hour support are sold and supported in more than 150 countries.</p>
<p>Sophos's regional head office for Australia and New Zealand is in Sydney and hosts one of the company's three Computer Virus Research and Development Laboratories to provide global support services.</p>
<p>http://www.sophos.com.au</p>
<p>FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Sean Richmond (sean.richmond@sophos.com.au) is available for comment:
+61 2 9409 9100 (tel)
+61 2 9409 9191 (fax)</p>
<p>Sophos's press contact at Gotley Nix Evans is:
Michael Henderson (sophos@gne.com.au)
+61 2 9957 5555 (tel)
+61 413 054 738 (mobile)
+61 2 9957 5575 (fax)</p>

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