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Symptoms

Windows Internet Explorer 8 cannot download and process the automatic configuration script that is specified in the Local Area Network (LAN) Settings dialog box.

Resolution

Note: This intentional design change was made to combat the below known security threat.

Security Threat: If the AutoConfig Branding feature is enabled, the browser will attempt to retrieve and apply branding instructions even when the PC is in an untrusted network environment (e.g. an airport lounge or coffee shop). This could allow an attacker control over the settings controlled by branding. If you wish to re-enable this feature you should use a HTTPS URL for the URL to the configuration script. You should also avoid moving your PC into untrusted network environments.

Security update information

To get around this intentional design, install the most current cumulative security update for Internet Explorer 8. To install the most current update, visit the following Microsoft Web site: 
http://update.microsoft.com
For more technical information about the most current cumulative security update for Internet Explorer 8, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/current.aspx
Note This update was first included in security update Knowledge Base (KB) article 978207 (MS10-002). For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
978207 MS10-002: Cumulative security update for Internet Explorer

Note There are several requirements for this update to work correctly. All the following requirements must be met:
  • Add the FEATURE_AUTOCONFIG_BRANDING feature control registry key, and then set the registry value to 1. To do this, follow the steps in the "Registry information" section.
  • In the Local Area Network (LAN) Settings dialog box for Internet Explorer 8, click to select the Use automatic configuration script check box, and then enter a URL path for the .ins file in the Address field.
  • In the Local Area Network (LAN) Settings dialog box for Internet Explorer 8, click to clear the Automatically detect settings check box.

Registry information

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
After you install this hotfix on the computer, you must add a registry value to enable the hotfix. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start
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    Start button
    , type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
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    User Account Control permission
    If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl
  3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click Key.
  4. Type the following key name, and then press ENTER:
    FEATURE_AUTOCONFIG_BRANDING
  5. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
  6. Type iexplore.exe, and then press ENTER.
  7. Right-click iexplore.exe, and then click Modify.
  8. In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.
  9. Exit Registry Editor.

Status

Microsoft has confirmed this intentional design change to combat a known security threat in the Microsoft products listed in the "Applies to" section.  

More information

For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
971740 Automatic configuration does not support certain file types in Internet Explorer 8.0
For more information, visit the following Microsoft Web sites:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc422896(PROT.13).aspx
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc961382.aspx
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb496443.aspx

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

Properties

Article ID: 973529 - Last Review: July 19, 2012 - Revision: 7.0
Applies to
  • Windows Internet Explorer 8
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