REDMOND, Wash. (AP) - A security flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser could allow a hacker to take control of a remote computer if its user clicks a link to an outdated Internet protocol, a computer security firm says.

A Microsoft spokesman who refused to be identified said Tuesday that the company is "moving forward on the investigation with all due speed" and will take the action that best serves its customers.

The problem concerns Gopher, an Internet protocol that predates the World Wide Web with pages like Web pages except that they are unable to store audio and video content.

Although Gopher is considered an outdated format for Internet content, it is still supported by Internet Explorer and most other browsers.


I dunt know why they have so many security flaws in their browsing software... I think its because they want to make it as open as possible, easy to configure, and compatible with almost any software combination... But it just goes to show you that even the biggest software maker is full of errors, flaws, and imperfections...