Outlook Express glitches worry Microsoft

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Outlook Express glitches worry Microsoft

After experiencing patching worries with Hewlett Packard products, now a Microsoft security fix is said to be causing headaches for Outlook Express users.

Microsoft has admitted to receiving reports about Outlook Express problems caused by a patch that fixes a problem in the way Outlook Express handles Windows Address Book files. Opening a specially crafted WAB file can result in execution of malicious code, giving an attacker control of the Windows PC, Microsoft said in its Security Bulletin MS06-016.

Microsoft has admitted it is investigating the Outlook Express problem after discussion forums on Microsoft's Web site had users reporting several issues with the e-mail client after installing the latest update. The problems include inaccessible address books, problems opening and sending messages in the "unsent messages" folder and trouble using templates.

More security and patching worries - no wonder Microsoft decided Vista was a release too far this year.

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