Microsoft patches Internet Explorer flaw being used to hijack PCs

Ruben Fields
December 21, 2018

The vulnerability could be used by attackers to execute arbitrary code in the user context if exploited successfully.

Windows 10 regularly updates with new features and improvements, typically on a biannual basis. An official page in the Microsoft Feedback Hub briefly appeared to describe such a security feature, but it was hastily removed after a few sites reported upon its existence. Plus, users will be able to uninstall more apps, such as Calculator, Mail, Paint 3D and Voice Recorder.

The company issued the rare "emergency patch" because it is now being exploited "in the wild", according to the Department of Homeland Security. While this is believed to have affected all versions of Windows sporting IE 9 and IE 11, Windows Update has automatically pushed the fix in its latest round of security updates.

From the list, you get in the mini window, check Windows Sandbox and finally click on OK.

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The full blog post goes into further detail with a full "under the hood" look at Windows Sandbox, which among other things offers graphics hardware acceleration "with Windows dynamically allocating graphics resources where they are needed across the host and guest".

Microsoft on Wednesday announced an app version of its popular Office.com for Windows 10 users.

Microsoft's changes to Windows 10 preview builds usually oscillate between mundane updates most people won't notice and significant updates that are pretty hard to miss. We love the new Windows Sandbox feature, which will let you safely run Windows applications without worrying about malware or junk files that will get scattered across your system. This includes Windows Server 2012, 2016 and 2019.

Indeed it did, but for backwards compatibility reasons, IE components remain a default part of all Windows versions (with the possible exception of Windows 10 Pro Long Term Service Branch (LTSB), a customisable Windows version used by larger organisations). As booting Windows can be slow for each time you wish to use this feature, Windows Sandbox will create a snapshot of the virtual machine's state after its first boot.

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