Monday 13 September 2004

One reason why Internet Explorer will always be in the news

These days, I rarely use Internet Explorer but I still have a search feed set up for it in my bloglines subscription and I try to read the results when I can.

The search feed was set up so that I can keep up to date with Internet Explorer vulnerabilities and tighten down my browser if necessary. I also planned to report these vulnerabilities on my blog but I admit that after a while, I lost interest.

However, this Microsoft Knowledge Base article caught my eye and I don't really want to let it go without a comment.

This Microsoft Knowledge Base article is titled You are redirected to Windows Update version 4 when you try to connect to Windows Update version 5

Bloglines picked it up via kbalertz which regularly scans and republishes MS KB articles.

I have problems with Microsoft's resolution below:

To resolve this problem, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, click Run, type inetcpl.cpl, and then click OK
  2. Click the Security tab, and then click Custom Level
  3. Click to select the Enable check box for the following items:
    • Download signed ActiveX controls
    • Download unsigned ActiveX controls
    • Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe
    • Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins
    • Script ActiveX controls marked safe for scripting
  4. Click OK two times

Specifically the part that enables Download unsigned ActiveX controls

I haven't upgraded to Windows XP Service Pack 2 so I have no idea what the consequences will be for Internet Explorer in that upgraded OS (I suspect they will be alright) but the majority of users are still on Windows XP Service Pack 1 and others are on older Windows Operating Systems and unless Windows Update Version 5 is designed to work only with Windows XP Service Pack 2 and above, a better resolution is needed for the issue which this KB is trying to address.

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