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Vulnerability in IE
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Written by Aidan   
Friday, 22 September 2006 03:24

For those who are still using Internet Explorer, it's come to light that a previously undisclosed vulnerability is being actively used to infect systems. An issue in the VML (Vector Markup Language) in Internet Explorer allows either a malicious website or a malicious email to run programs on your machine with no warnings.

A number of malicious websites are known to have the code embedded in their pages, and this number is growing. I'm sure at there is also similar emails that attempt to install bots/spyware on computers via email too. The good news is that there is a workaround to disable VML if you want to continue using IE. Many sites are recommending disabling JavaScript, but this has the side effect of preventing a good number of websites from working correctly!

Instead,  you can deregister the DLL that's faulty, so that IE doesn't try to use it. This will stop any VMLfrom working, but will protect you from this problem. How do you deregister the DLL? According to Microsoft you just click Start, click Run, type regsvr32 -u "%ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VGX\vgx.dll" , and then click OK. (Note, you only need to copy and paste or type the bit in italics.)

Once a patch is issued (Probably on the 10th October if not earlier), you can re-register the VML DLL by click Start, click Run, type regsvr32 "%ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VGX\vgx.dll”

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