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IE 6 security flaw

Mark Edwards

Here are details of yet another critical security issue affecting the Internet Explorer browser. Specifically, this affects Internet Explorer 6.x, 5.5 and 5.01.


A vulnerability has been identified in a Microsoft ActiveX plugin called MCIWNDX.OCX, which possibly allows a malicious website to execute arbitrary code on your system.

This plugin is part of Visual Studio version 6. Even though you may not have this software on your machine, the plugin is digitally signed by Microsoft so it may be silently installed through Internet Explorer by any website.


Remove the ActiveX plugin if it is installed.

Configure Internet Explorer to prompt before accepting or executing any ActiveX plugins or block the ActiveX plugin using your proxy server.

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