Twitter Urges Upload of Microsoft I.E. Security Patch

Twitter safety tipTwitter is extra sensitive lately to any security vulnerability in their users’ micro-blogging experience, so yesterday the site posted a recommendation to upload the newest security patch from Microsoft for Internet Explorer browsers.
“Do you use Internet Explorer versions 6, 7, or 8? Download the latest security patch from Microsoft,” Twitter advises on its safety page.
It provides a link to Microsoft’s security bulletin MS10-018 issued Tuesday.
Twitter is following the lead of Internet security organizations and bloggers in urging the public to follow Microsoft’s recommendations. The I.E. browser updates are rated as critical, including one addressing the so-called “zero-day exploit” used to attack IE6 and IE7 browsers.
“The most severe vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer,” Microsoft states.
A zero-day exploit involves code created to take advantage of an application’s security hole before the developer can distribute a fix or patch.
Microsoft acted quickly in its release of an out-of-band, cumulative security update. It does so because it perceives a significant threat to customer systems.
One patch addresses the vulnerability to IE6 and IE7 versions. Microsoft also released nine other patches in the cumulative update for nine vulnerabilities that are not publicly known at this time.
Twitter has had to deal with waves of phishing email attacks through its direct messaging system over the past several weeks. It has taken preventative measures outlined here.

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