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Microsoft warns of Internet Explorer security gap



PITTSBURGH - Microsoft says a security gap in Internet Explorer could allow an attacker to take complete control of a computer if the user clicks on a malicious link.

The vulnerability affects versions 6 through 11 of the Web browser.

Microsoft Corp. said Saturday that it was aware of "limited, targeted attacks" that tried to exploit the security gap. The company is working on a fix which it plans to provide in a software update on May 13.

Zheng Bu helped uncover the flaw.

“The hacker now has complete control over your computer,” said Bu.

In the meantime, Microsoft encourages customers to enable a firewall, apply all software updates and install anti-malware software.

A division of the Homeland Security Department recommends that users download a security toolkit from Microsoft or use another browser until an update becomes available.

MORE INFORMATION:  Microsoft Security Advisory

The Associated Press contributed to this story.