Beware of New Microsoft Browser Vulnerability

CVSScvssV3_1: 7.8

Microsoft has disclosed a new elevation of privilege vulnerability in their MSHTML component, which is used to render web pages in Internet Explorer and other Microsoft applications.

The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2023-32046, has been given a CVSS score of 7.8 out of 10 indicating that it is a serious issue. Attackers could potentially exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code on a user’s computer with elevated SYSTEM privileges.

MSHTML is the rendering engine that Microsoft uses to display HTML content. By tricking a user into visiting a specially crafted web page, attackers could exploit this vulnerability to gain full control of the targeted system. This would allow the installation of malware, spyware or other nasty programs without the user’s consent.

The best way to protect yourself is to ensure you are running the latest version of Windows with all available security updates installed. Microsoft has already released a patch to address this vulnerability, so installing all Windows updates is critical. You should also consider using an alternative browser like Chrome or Firefox instead of Internet Explorer wherever possible as a precautionary measure.

Stay vigilant of your cybersecurity and only visit websites you trust to reduce risks from these types of vulnerabilities. Keeping your operating system and software updated is one of the best defenses against remote code execution exploits.