Microsoft warns of SharePoint bug

The software maker says there is a glitch affecting a recent service pack of the portal software.

Microsoft warned on Friday of a significant bug in the latest version of its SharePoint portal product.

The bug, in a service pack update to the product, improperly activates an expiration date, so SharePoint will expire as though it were a trial installation 180 days after the service pack is deployed.

Microsoft says the bug will not affect SharePoint performance until the ersatz expiration date passes. The company also said customer data will not be affected, even if the product does expire but that it will render SharePoint inaccessible for end users.

Microsoft says a manual fix is out now and that it's working on rolling out an automatic fix. More details on the bug and what steps customers can take to fix it are available on the company's Web site.

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