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Conficker 2' IE bug will spread quickly. - 7/13/2009 8:29:49 AM   
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Security experts predict that a critical ActiveX vulnerability used by hackers to exploit Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser is a prime candidate for another Conficker-scale attack, spreading quickly and exponentially.

On July 6, just hours after security companies reported that thousands of compromised sites were serving up exploits, Microsoft acknowledged the flaw in the ActiveX control that can be accessed using IE. The bug has been used by hackers since at least June 9.

Microsoft said it will issue a patch for the flaw on July 14.

The vulnerability "exposes the whole world and can be exploited through the firewall", said Roger Thompson, chief research officer at security software vendor AVG Technologies USA Inc. "That's better than Conficker, which mostly did its damage once it got inside a network."
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