You receive the warning "You are about to be redirected to a connection that is not secure." in Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1

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SYMPTOMS

When you click a link or submit to a form that redirects Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 (SP1) from a secure Web site (https://) to another Web site, you may receive the following warning message:

Security Alert

You are about to be redirected to a connection that is not secure.

The information you are sending to the current site might be retransmitted to a nonsecure site. Do you wish to continue?

You may receive this warning even though the Warn if changing between secure and not secure mode check box on the Advance tab of the Internet Options dialog box is not selected.

RESOLUTION

Hotfix 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

Service pack information

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Windows XP. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322389 How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack

To enable the fix provided by Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2, you must add the DWORD registry entry WarnOnHTTPSToHTTPRedirect to the following registry subkeys for either "per-user" or "per-computer" installations.

For individual user accounts, or "per-user" installation, use the following subkey:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings
For "per-computer" configurations, use the following subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings
The registry entry WarnOnHTTPSToHTTPRedirect takes the following two values:
  • 1: Display the Security Alert message.
  • 0: Do not display the Security Alert message.

To add the registry entry WarnOnHTTPSToHTTPRedirect for an individual user, follow these steps:
Follow these steps, and then quit Registry Editor:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
  2. Locate and then click the following key in the registry:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings
  3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
  4. Type WarnOnHTTPSToHTTPRedirect, and then press ENTER.
  5. On the Edit menu, click Modify.
  6. Type 0, and then click OK.

A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that this article describes. Apply it only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

To resolve this problem, contact Microsoft Product Support Services to obtain the hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services telephone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support
Note In special cases, charges that are ordinarily incurred for support calls may be canceled if a Microsoft Support Professional determines that a specific update will resolve your problem. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for the specific update in question.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
   Date         Time   Version           Size     File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   25-Oct-2004  18:40  6.0.2800.1480     577,024  Wininet.dll   

Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition and Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition

To enable this hotfix, you must add the following registry subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_NO_WARN_ON_HTTPS_TO_HTTP_REDIRECT_KB883740
This subkey then has the registry entry iexplore.exe. This entry takes the following two values:
  • 0: Display the Security Alert message.
  • 1: Do not display the Security Alert message.
Follow these steps, and then quit Registry Editor:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
  2. Locate and then click the following key in the registry:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl
  3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click Key.
  4. Type FEATURE_NO_WARN_ON_HTTPS_TO_HTTP_REDIRECT_KB883740, and then press ENTER.
  5. Click FEATURE_NO_WARN_ON_HTTPS_TO_HTTP_REDIRECT_KB883740.
  6. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
  7. Type iexplore.exe, and then press ENTER.
  8. On the Edit menu, click Modify.
  9. Type 1, and then click OK.
Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1

To enable the fix provided by this hotfix, you must add the DWORD registry entry WarnOnHTTPSToHTTPRedirect to the following registry subkeys for either "per-user" or "per-computer" installations.

For individual user accounts, or "per-user" installation, use the following subkey:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings
For "per-computer" configurations, use the following subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings
The registry entry WarnOnHTTPSToHTTPRedirect takes the following two values:
  • 1: Display the Security Alert message.
  • 0: Do not display the Security Alert message.

To add the registry entry WarnOnHTTPSToHTTPRedirect for an individual user, follow these steps:
Follow these steps, and then quit Registry Editor:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
  2. Locate and then click the following key in the registry:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings
  3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
  4. Type WarnOnHTTPSToHTTPRedirect, and then press ENTER.
  5. On the Edit menu, click Modify.
  6. Type 0, and then click OK.

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are 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:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

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Article ID: 883740 - Last Review: October 9, 2011 - Revision: 4.0
Keywords: 
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