The company is making the hotfix, or repair code targeted to a specific issue, available upon request, according to a posting on its Web site. The fix addresses the problem of programs failing if they request one gigabyte or more of information on a patched system.
Computers running x64-based versions of Microsoft Windows Server 2003, along with Service Pack 1 and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, are affected, if the MS06-040 update has been installed. Only 32-bit programs can encounter problems, Microsoft said.
The software giant said that Microsoft Business Solutions Navision 3.7, for example, may fail under such conditions.
MS06-040 was part ofas part of its monthly patch cycle. The patch, which Microsoft had rated "critical," was designed to prevent attackers from exploiting a vulnerability that could allow a remote code execution.
Users were urged to install MS06-040 as soon as possible, given that according to a posting on the SANS Internet Storm Center.of the vulnerability,
MS06-040 was not the only problematic patch in the August update. MS06-042 also. In that case, Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser could crash when various Web sites were viewed. The company has said it plans to re-release the MS06-042 bulletin and patch on Aug. 22.