Microsoft patch can cause IE trouble

On Tuesday, Microsoft reported that after people apply the MS06-042 update, rated "critical" by Microsoft, IE may crash when certain websites are viewed. The problem affects IE6 with Service Pack 1 on Windows 2000 and Windows XP systems according to the software giant.

"Microsoft has identified an issue with the security update MS06-042," the company said in a statement Tuesday. It plans to re-release the bulletin and patch on Aug. 22 for all affected users.

The problem occurs when IE users view Web sites that use version 1.1 of HTTP alongside compression, according to Microsoft's notice. HTTP, or hypertext transfer protocol, is the standard protocol used to browse websites.

MS06-042 is an update for IE that addresses eight vulnerabilities in the popular browser. It is one of a dozen security updates that Microsoft released last week on Patch Tuesday.

Patches have caused trouble at times, on occasion prompting Microsoft to fix already released updates. In April, it released a second version of a Windows Explorer update because the original interfered with Hewlett-Packard software and nVidia drivers. In June, it had to fix a patch that caused network connection trouble for some people.

News source: CNET News.com

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