London, Sep 19: Tech giant Microsoft has released a temporary software to fix a new bug that it discovered in its Internet Explorer (IE) web browser.
The problem, which affects hundreds of millions of Internet Explorer browser users, is being used by attackers to install the Poison Ivy Trojan, a malware that is used to steal data or take remote control of PCs.
Microsoft moved quickly to address the issue. In a blog post, it said that it was “working to develop a security update”, the BBC reports.
According to the report, Microsoft told users to download a free patch, the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit, as a temporary solution while the company continued to work on a long-term fix.
The flaw was first spotted by a Luxembourg-based security expert, Eric Romang, when his PC was infected by Poison Ivy last week, the report said.
Earlier, Security forum, Rapid7 had claimed that Internet Explorer 7, 8 and 9 operating on Windows XP, Vista and Seven contains what is known as a ‘zero day exploit’, which allows attackers to gain access to their personal data while they browse. (ANI)