Microsoft Edge gets its first patch

They grow up so fast: Microsoft’s new, more secure browser got its very first security patch on Tuesday. 

An update from Microsoft addresses a remote code execution flaw. The flaw, rated “critical,” is triggered if a user visits a specially crafted web page on the Edge browser.

That could allow attackers to gain the same privileges as the user who visits the page. Therefore, users who have more permissions or administrative rights would be at higher risk.

The same remote code flaw was also discovered in Internet Explorer, the supposedly less secure browser option from Redmond.

It is encouraging to note, however, that Edge received far fewer security patches than Explorer. This could be a crude measure of its security superiority.

Advice to users

While you’re updating browsers, be sure to remind users that they should never click on links in emails or instant messages that seems suspicious, as that’s how attacks like these are most likely to spread.

And even if the message is coming from a trusted source, skepticism is important. It’s entirely possible another account has been compromised and is being turned against them.

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