Microsoft Patches Contain Memory Bugs

Earlier this month, Microsoft released 12 patches for fixing 23 vulnerabilities. Of those 12 patches, MS06-040 and MS06-042 were discovered to have memory bugs causing programs to crash.

MS06-040 affects programs that use very large chunks of memory on some versions of Windows. According to Microsoft, programs such as Microsoft Navision 3.7, which require allocations of more than 1GB of memory, can crash after the update is installed.
Most Windows systems do not experience the bug, but Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and the 64-bit version of Windows XP Professional Edition are affected. Microsoft's hotfix for this problem can be downloaded from their site.

More troublesome has been the MS06-042 update for Internet Explorer, which has caused browser crashes while using Web-based applications such as PeopleSoft, Siebel and Unicenter. Microsoft issued a hotfix for this update earlier in the week and is promising to reissue the buggy update next Tuesday. For more information on this bug, please visit


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