Update Available for "Legacy ActiveX Control" Issue

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256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
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Summary

A potential security vulnerability has been found in the Preloader ActiveX control. This control could be used by a malicious Web site administrator to obtain a list of files from your local hard disk. This control has been removed from the Microsoft Web site, and updates are available that prevent this control from running in Internet Explorer. For more information about this issue, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/TechNet/security/bulletin/ms99-018.asp

More information

This problem is resolved in Internet Explorer 5.01 and later. Microsoft recommends that you upgrade to the latest version of Internet Explorer to resolve this problem. For additional information about how to determine the version of Internet Explorer that is installed on your computer, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
164539 How to Determine Which Version of Internet Explorer Is Installed
For additional information about how to obtain the latest version of Internet Explorer 5.5, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
267954 How to Obtain the Latest Internet Explorer 5.5 Service Pack
For additional information about how to obtain the latest version of Internet Explorer 6, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
328548 How to Obtain the Latest Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack
WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk. To verify that you are not vulnerable to this security issue, follow these steps:
  1. Use Registry Editor to locate and then click the following key in the Windows registry:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility\
  2. Make sure that the
    {16E349E0-702C-11CF-A3A9-00A0C9034920}
    key exists under the
    ActiveX Compatibility
    key. If the
    {16E349E0-702C-11CF-A3A9-00A0C9034920}
    key does not exist, follow these steps:
    1. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click Key.
    2. Type {16E349E0-702C-11CF-A3A9-00A0C9034920}, and then press ENTER.
  3. Click the
    {16E349E0-702C-11CF-A3A9-00A0C9034920}
    key, and then in the right pane, make sure that the
    Compatibility Flags
    registry value exists. If the
    Compatibility Flags
    value does not exist, follow these steps:
    1. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click Binary (Windows 95 or Windows 98) or DWORD Value (Windows NT 4.0).
    2. Type Compatibility Flags, and then press ENTER.
  4. In the right pane, double-click the
    Compatibility Flags
    value, and then make sure that the setting for the value is either
    00,04,00,00
    (Windows 95 or Windows 98) or
    0x00,04,00,00
    (Windows NT 4.0).
If the
{16E349E0-702C-11CF-A3A9-00A0C9034920}
key does not exist, if the
Compatibility Flags
value does not exist, or if the
Compatibility Flags
value is not set to
00,04,00,00
(Windows 95 or Windows 98) or
0x00,04,00,00
(Windows NT 4.0), you may be vulnerable to the Legacy ActiveX control issue.

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Article ID: 231452 - Last Review: June 19, 2014 - Revision: 6.0
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