Microsoft advises Webmasters to change sites' use of VB script

Cheers Darren for sending this in.. Microsoft's latest security patch for Internet Explorer causes the Web browser to crash when viewing Web pages that contain a certain VBScript directive, several IE users have found. Microsoft acknowledges the problem and says Web site administrators will need to take action.

"This issue does not pose a security threat to users. This issue affects stability. Normal operation can be restored by restarting IE," Microsoft said in a statement Friday. "Microsoft Product Support Services has been working with customers to implement a workaround that addresses a problem in which patched IE browsers could crash when viewing certain pages containing a specific VBScript directive."

The way to fix the problem in the short term will be to tweak the coding on Web pages that contain this directive, called the execScript directive, Microsoft said. However, Microsoft is working on an updated patch, but does not know when that will be released. The latest patch can be downloaded from Microsoft's site. In postings to Microsoft's discussion groups, users had earlier pinpointed the execScript directive as the culprit.

"The workaround is one that site operators would implement on their ASP (Active Server Page) pages. End-users need not do anything," Microsoft said, adding that a knowledge base article explaining the issue and the workaround procedure will be posted to Microsoft.com shortly.

News source: PCWorld

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