It looks like Microsoft's Internet Explorer just hit a small
patch of trouble in its battle
with the Mozilla Foundation's Firefox browser.
Users begin reporting crashes soon after the Redmond, Washington-based company
issued a Microsoft
Security Bulletin patch, MS07-069, which was designed to fix four privately
reported back-doors that could allow remote code execution upon visiting a site
which contained malicious code. Microsoft soon narrowed the crashes to
the patch and specifically to users of Internet Explorer 6 and Windows XP
Service Pack 2.
version of the Internet Explorer browser is IE7, so IE6 is an outdated
version, but is still common on many computers.
The bug causes IE6 to freeze when it tries to load a webpage. Microsoft
says the bug is caused "as a result of customization" and is not
widespread. What exactly "customization" entails is not
detailed by Microsoft, but it appears to suggest that while IE6/SP2 users may
be affected, only a specific subset of this group will likely experience
Microsoft has added information on the problem to its Knowledge Database
and issued a suggestion that affected users make edits to their registry as
detailed in a separate post. Microsoft says the registry edits
will fix the Internet Explorer bugs.
Some users are suggesting that Microsoft should just issue a new patch to fix
the problem instead of recommending registry edits that may stump inexperienced
users. One blogger, Paul Shannon writes,
"With hundreds of users here running XP SP2 with IE6,
how can Microsoft be serious that the solution is to edit each registry? Is this some sort of joke? It would be easier to have each user
install Mozilla Firefox and stop using IE completely."
Microsoft has had its struggles with browser bugs, but so
has its rival Mozilla. Both giants are trying to avoid these kinds of
slips as the next generation browser war approaches, with Microsoft preparing
to release its eighth iteration of Internet Explorer and Mozilla gearing up for
of Firefox 3.
quote: Same, IE6 blows hard.
quote: He probably leaves the door to his house unlocked when he goes out. Some country folk are like that. Then they're surprised when someone walks in and takes everything.
quote: Microsoft has had its struggles with browser bugs, but so has its rival Mozilla.
quote: Users don't HAVE to use IE if they want to browse the internet, but they sure do if they want to navigate their hard drive; that makes it pretty annoying when IE-targeted spy-/malware gets on the computer, even if the user only uses Firefox.
quote: "With hundreds of users here running XP SP2 with IE6, how can Microsoft be serious that the solution is to edit each registry? Is this some sort of joke? It would be easier to have each user install Mozilla Firefox and stop using IE completely. "
quote: It would be easier to have each user install Mozilla Firefox and stop using IE completely. "