Microsoft says an Internet Explorer 3.0 security flaw found by scientists at Princeton University has been fixed. The flaw lets hackers set up dummy Web sites to lure in unsuspecting users. Once users enter the site, the bug lets hackers run DOS commands on the users' systems.
Microsoft officials say the problem was rectified within 24 hours by a downloadable software patch, and the company has received no reports of the bug from Explorer users. For those who don't download the patch, Word 6.0 has a macro virus protection feature that automatically guards against the bug, Microsoft officials say.