Files Missing or Corrupted After You Click Telnet URL

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After you click a URL in a Web page, and the URL uses the Telnet protocol to connect to a telnet server, you may find that files on your computer are missing or have become zero (0) bytes in size.


This behavior can occur because the Telnet protocol allows certain command line options to be passed to your computer.
  • A Web page might contain a URL that would allow these command line options to be passed to your computer after you clicked on the URL.
  • The command line options that are passed to your computer might include malicious code that could corrupt or delete files on your computer.


To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows XP. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322389 How to Obtain the Latest Windows XP Service Pack
This update is available on the Microsoft Windows Update Web site.
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Download the "Windows XP Update Package, October 25, 2001" now
Release Date: October 25, 2001

For additional information about how to download Microsoft Support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591 How to Obtain Microsoft Support Files from Online Services
Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help to prevent any unauthorized changes to the file. The English version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:
   Date         Time   Version     Size       File name    Platform
   03-Oct-2001  20:27  6.0.2600.1    109,568  Url.dll      i386
   03-Oct-2001  20:25  6.0.2600.1    568,832  Wininet.dll  i386

   03-Oct-2001  20:27  6.0.2600.1    276,480  Url.dll      ia64
   03-Oct-2001  20:26  6.0.2600.1  1,776,640  Wininet.dll  ia64


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Windows XP Service Pack 1.


Article ID: 308415 - Last Review: January 11, 2015 - Revision: 3.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
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