Microsoft patches break some websites

Fixes available

Two patches released by Microsoft earlier this year for its Internet Explorer browser may cause some websites 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, says Stephen Toulouse, a program manager in Microsoft’s security unit.

After installing MS05-038, on the Microsoft Download Centre, web pages containing COM (Component Object Model) objects called monikers may not work as expected.

MS05-052 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. Users who are missing certain registry sub-keys may also experience problems, Microsoft says.

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

Instructions for the two possible problems with MS05-052 can be found at and

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