Microsoft patch jams up IE
Last Tuesday’s “critical” security fix for Internet Explorer is causing trouble for users who have been testing the new IE 7 browser.
Microsoft has received “scattered reports of users experiencing odd browser behavior” after installing the latest security update, Jeremy Dallman, project manager for Internet Explorer security at the company, wrote in a Friday posting to a corporate blog.
Three different problems have been reported: The browser could crash right after starting up; links may come up blank; or multiple windows may open when the browser is initiated, according to the posting.
“After investigating several of these reports, we have traced these issues to a common source,” Dallman wrote. The culprit is IE 7, the next version of Microsoft’s Web browser, which is in beta testing. The problems occur only if IE 7 is installed on a machine alongside IE 6. That double-IE configuration is not supported by the fix, according to Dallman’s note.
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