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21 August 2006, 20:08

Unscheduled patch from Microsoft

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Microsoft has announced that it will be releasing an updated patch on Tuesday. One of the updates released by Microsoft on the recent August patch day exhibits side effects on Internet Explorer 6 with Service Pack 1. If the patch is installed, the browser crashes under Windows XP SP1 and Windows 2000 SP4 when it accesses a site which uses compression and the HTTP 1.1 protocol.

The unplanned patch is to be distributed via the Windows Update mechanism and will be available from the Download Center. For the software giant to slip in an unscheduled update is unusual, but not unheard of. In April the company also distributed an update for an incorrectly functioning patch outside of the usual patch day cycle. The first patch of this year for the WMF vulnerability was also released prior to the January patch day.

Users affected by the flawed patch should apply the update as soon as it becomes available. According to information from the US CERT, there are already exploits circulating on the internet for the vulnerability plugged by this update.

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