Microsoft security patch crashes browsers

One of Microsoft's “critical” security patches released this month is causing some users’ browsers to crash, the company has admitted.

One of Microsoft's “critical” security patches released this month is causing some users’ browsers to crash, the company has admitted.

The critical MS06-042 update was designed to protect users from remote attackers using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser to take over their machines.

However, Microsoft has issued an advisory admitting that the patch may crash the browser when some websites are visited.

The problem affects IE 6 with Service Pack 1 on Windows XP and Windows 2000 systems.

The problem occurs when IE users view websites that use version 1.1 of the HTTP web protocol alongside compression.

Compression technology is used by certain websites to speed the response of sites to users’ demands.

Microsoft said it plans to reissue the patch on 22 August with modified code to get round the problem.

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