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Microsoft Media Player 7 bug can cause Outlook to lockup!


Media Player OCX control email could crash Outlook or Outlook Express


This question was answered on October 13, 2000. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

The Media Player OCX is part of Microsoft Windows Media Player 7 and when it is installed in conjunction with Outlook or Outlook Express, an RTF (Rich Text Format) mail could contain an embedded control that would cause the e-mail program to crash

Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability that could cause certain email applications to fail, requiring the user to restart the e-mail program to resume normal operation

In order to be affected, you must be using both Media Player 7 and either of the Microsoft Outlook/Outlook Express e-mail programs.

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Download the patch that fixes this problem at:

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Posted by Ken of Data Doctors on October 13, 2000