Internet Explorer has long become useless for most of us, but now have an obsolete browser on your computer has become dangerous.
Researcher in the field of information security John Paige has discovered a new vulnerability in Internet Explorer security that allows hackers to steal user files of the Windows operating system, even if they do not use the browser.
The vulnerability lies in how the browser handles files .MHT (IE file format for web archives). Modern browsers do not use the format .MHT, so whenever a user tries to access such files on a Windows PC, the system by default opens IE.
In short, you don’t even need to open IE to this exploit worked — you can simply open the attachment that is sent via chat or email.
Thus, victims can any Windows 7 users, Windows 10 and Windows Server 2012 R2, even those who usually use other browsers. Paige turned to Microsoft describing this problem, but the company told him that “will consider its solution in the next version of the browser”.
Despite the fact that Internet Explorer is less than 10% of the browser market, the fact that this exploit requires IE on a PC is a concern.