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Microsoft's Outlook Security Patch Harbors Problems for Some Users

Microsoft releases patch that updates Outlook security and thwarts ILOVEYOU virus and variants, but cautions of functional failures reported by some users.

ENT Magazine's Isaac Slepner reports that Microsoft Corp. released a patch that addresses the recent rash of "Love Bug" and copycat worms that were unleashed on the Internet in the last few weeks. However, the fix may end up affecting users more than the bugs did.

The Outlook 98 and Outlook 2000 E-mail Security Updates limit functionality in Outlook, other applications in Microsoft Office, and some third-party software. However, Microsoft has reported several cases of functionality failure. Most significant is the inability to remove or uninstall the update. To remove it, Office must be removed and reinstalled. some cases the update fails to install at all. Net Folders do not always work with the update, and Palm and Windows CE devices may encounter address book and Inbox synchronization problems.

Other problems are described in a more detailed report at http://www.entmag.com/breaknews.asp?ID=2663.

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