Starting Next Week, Microsoft Internet Explorer Will Block Out-Of-Date ActiveX Controls

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Microsoft today announced that Internet Explorer will date ActiveX controls starting August 12th. Sincet automatically updated, malicious or compromised Web pages target security flaws in outdated controls to collect information, install dangerous software, or by even let someone else control your computer remotely. As per Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, Java exploits represented 84.6% to 98.5% of exploit kit-related detections each month in 2013.

To help improve the security situation for users, Microsoft is delivering an update to Internet Explorer on August 12, 2014 will introduce a new security feature, called out-of-date ActiveX control blocking.

Microsoft ActiveX blocking

Out-of-date ActiveX control blocking lets you:

  • Know when Internet Explorer prevents a Web page from loading common, but outdated, ActiveX controls.
  • Interact with other parts of the Web page that aren’t affected by the outdated control.
  • Update the outdated control, so that it’s up-to-date and safer to use.
  • Inventory the ActiveX controls your organization is using.

The out-of-date ActiveX control blocking feature works with:

  • On Windows 7 SP1, Internet Explorer 8 through Internet Explorer 11
  • On Windows 8 and up, Internet Explorer for the desktop
  • All Security Zones—such as the Internet Zone—but not the Local Intranet Zone and the Trusted Sites Zone

Read more at IE blog.



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