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Microsoft Patches Break Some Sites

Jeremy Kirk (
Sat, 5 Nov 2005 00:28:38 -0600

Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service

Two patches released by Microsoft earlier this year for its Internet
Explorer browser may cause some Web sites not to load properly.

The bulletins, MS05-038 and MS05-052, removed "unsafe functionality"
and change how the browser handles ActiveX controls for security
reasons, Stephen Toulouse, a program manager in Microsoft's security
unit, wrote on Thursday on the Microsoft Security Center Response

After installing MS05-038, which was published August 9 on the
Microsoft Download Center, Web pages containing Component Object Model
(COM) objects called monikers may not work as expected.

Patch Particulars

MS05-052, which was published October 11, added an additional check
for a specific interface for ActiveX controls before allowing a COM
object to run in Internet Explorer. But it also blocks some Web pages
containing ActiveX controls, Microsoft said. Users who are missing
certain registry subkeys may also experience problems with this patch,
Microsoft said.

Microsoft has published instructions on how to resolve the MS05-038

Also available is additional information on the two possible problems
with MS05-052.

Copyright 2005 PC World Communications, Inc.

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