Microsoft has finally re-released a critical security patch for its Internet Explorer browser after an earlier version caused the browser to crash.
The re-release of security patch MS06-042 was promised earlier this week, but the software giant postponed the release, despite admitting that the crash was “exploitable”.
The MS06-042 update was originally issued to fix a critical bug that could let hackers use the Internet Explorer browser to take over users’ machines. The problem affects IE 6 with Service Pack 1 on Windows XP and Windows 2000 systems.
But Microsoft was later forced to issue an advisory admitting that the patch could crash the browser when some websites are visited and promising a re-release. The re-release was postponed after problems with it emerged the night before it was due to be issued.
“Providing the update in its current state would have resulted in customers being unable to deploy the update,” Microsoft said.
A post on the Microsoft Security Response Centre blog notes explains that the software firm had “resolved the issues that delayed the re-release” and was now issuing the revised patch.
The last-minute hitch had centred on background technology in Microsoft’s Baseline Security Analyzer and Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates, the company said.
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