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Microsoft warns of HP patch problem on Windows

Users of Hewlett-Packard printers, scanners and cameras may be experiencing some problems after installing Microsoft’s latest round of security patches, released late last week. The problems, which concern a Windows operating system patch numbered MS06-015, can cause some applications to crash, Microsoft warned Saturday.

“The scope is limited at the moment, but the impact might be that an application could hang when conducting certain operations, like opening a file from the ‘File-open’ dialog in an application,” warned Microsoft Security Program Manager Mike Reavey, in a Saturday posting to the Microsoft Security Response center blog. Microsoft believes that the problem is primarily affecting consumer users and is having “little to no impact on corporate networks,” Reavey said.

The problem affects users who have installed software that is included with a number of HP devices, “including but not limited to printers, scanners, and cameras,” wrote Microsoft’s Stephen Hui, in a newsgroup posting. http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.windows.inetexplorer.ie6.browser/msg/094143b42d0c3ca2

Users also have experienced the problem in popular applications like applications like Outlook or Word. “We have seen this problem on every machine with the HP scanner software installed and no others,” wrote one poster to the PatchManagement.org discussion list. “For example in Outlook when I try to attach a file the dialog will come up and when I click on the down arrow to select a drive, Outlook will crash and have to be killed with task manager.” http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=patchmanagement&m=114495518613301&w=2

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