Microsoft has confirmed a security vulnerability affecting all
versions of Internet Explorer. UBIT recommends you stop using
Internet Explorer, and use Firefox, Safari or other unaffected
UBIT has received the following advance notice from
At approximately 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT), Microsoft will
release an out-of-band security update to address the issue
affecting Internet Explorer (IE) that was first discussed in this Microsoft Security Advisory. This update
is fully tested and ready for release for all affected versions of
The majority of customers have automatic updates enabled and will not need to take any action as protections will be downloaded and installed automatically. For those manually updating, we strongly encourage you to apply this update as quickly as possible following the directions in the released security bulletin.
Microsoft has made the decision to issue a security update for
Windows XP users.
Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft, so customers are encouraged to migrate to a modern operating system, such as Windows 7 or 8/8.1. Additionally, customers are encouraged to upgrade to the latest version of Internet Explorer, IE 11.
The list of affected software in the summary table is an abstract. To see the full list of affected components, please visit the Advance Notification webpage at the link below and review the "Affected Software" section.
The full version of the Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for this month can be found here.
Microsoft will host a webcast to address customer questions on
the out-of-band security bulletin on May 2, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
Pacific Time (US & Canada) (2 p.m. EST). Register
now for the May Security Bulletin Webcast.
Microsoft has confirmed a major bug which allows hackers to
exploit flaws in Internet Explorer 6 through 11.
A hacker who successfully exploits this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system. Hackers could then install programs, view, change, or delete data, or create new accounts with full user rights.
Microsoft is still working on a fix for supported operating
systems. In the meantime, you should either not use Internet
Explorer or disable Adobe Flash.
Since Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP, a fix will only
be available for newer operating systems. If your computer is
running Windows XP, you should either upgrade to Windows 7 or 8, or
purchase a new computer.