Microsoft “hotfix” could crash memory-hungry apps

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Microsoft “hotfix” could crash memory-hungry apps

Tash Shifrin

Microsoft has warned that a security patch issued earlier this month may crash applications that require lots of memory.

The MS06-040 security patch - designed to fix a critical flaw in Windows -could cause programs requiring a gigabyte or more memory on a machine running an x64-based version of Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 (SP1), or Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, the company said.

Security experts – including the US Department of Homeland Security - warned last week that worms were already exploiting the critical flaw and urged users to patch their machines speedily.

Microsoft has now issued a “hotfix” to correct the problem with the MS06-040 patch, which is being made available from Microsoft Product Support Services. But the software giant warned that the fix “may receive additional testing” and should not be applied to systems that are not experiencing the specific problem with the original security patch.

Last week Microsoft was forced to admit that another critical security patch issued in August – MS06-042 - was causing some users’ web browsers to crash.

 

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