FIX: You receive incorrect results when you compare a NaN value to an integer value in VBScript in Internet Explorer 6

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SYMPTOMS

In Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, when you compare a not a number (NaN) value to an integer value in Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition (VBScript), you receive incorrect results depending on the operating system that the computer is running. You receive the following results.
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Operating systemResult
Microsoft Windows 2000 with any service pack installed or
Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 1 (SP1)
false
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or
Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2)
true

RESOLUTION

Hotfix information

Windows XP

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, you must have Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) installed.

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

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.
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Vbscript.dll5.6.0.8828417,79230-Jun-200502:52x86
Arpidfix.exe5.1.2600.271030,72029-Jun-200523:57x86
Updspapi.dll6.1.22.4371,93625-Feb-200503:35x86

Windows Server 2003

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, you must have one of the following installed on the computer:
  • Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2)

Restart Requirement

You do not have to restart your computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix Replacement Information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

File Information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later) 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.
Windows Server 2003, Itanium-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformSP requirementService branch
Vbscript.dll5.6.0.88231,110,52807-Jul-200509:19IA-64NoneRTMQFE
Wvbscript.dll5.6.0.8823413,69607-Jul-200509:19x86NoneWOW
Vbscript.dll5.6.0.88281,118,20807-Jul-200509:19IA-64SP1SP1QFE
Wvbscript.dll5.6.0.8828401,40807-Jul-200509:19x86SP1WOW
Arpidfix.exe5.2.3790.248274,75207-Jul-200509:19IA-64NoneNot Applicable
Updspapi.dll6.1.22.4639,71207-Jul-200509:19IA-64NoneNot Applicable

Windows Server 2003, x86-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformSP requirementService branch
Vbscript.dll5.6.0.8823413,69607-Jul-200518:29x86NoneRTMQFE
Vbscript.dll5.6.0.8828401,40807-Jul-200521:37x86SP1SP1QFE
Arpidfix.exe5.2.3790.248232,25607-Jul-200500:48x86NoneNot Applicable
Updspapi.dll6.1.22.4371,93625-Feb-200503:51x86NoneNot Applicable

Windows Server 2003, x64-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformSP requirementService branch
Vbscript.dll5.6.0.8828662,01607-Jul-200509:19x64SP1SP1QFE
Wvbscript.dll5.6.0.8828401,40807-Jul-200509:19x86SP1WOW
Arpidfix.exe5.2.3790.248243,00807-Jul-200509:19x64NoneNot Applicable
Updspapi.dll6.1.22.4462,56007-Jul-200509:19x64NoneNot Applicable

WORKAROUND

To work around this problem, use the IsNumeric function or the IsNaN function before you perform any comparisons.

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

Steps to reproduce the problem

  1. Create a new file by using Notepad, and then save the file as test.asp in the local Web folder.
  2. Paste the following code into the test.htm file.
    <HTML>
    <BODY onload="Test()">
    
    <SCRIPT LANGUAGE=vbscript>
    sub Test()
    dim num
    num = parseInt("A")
    alert (num = 2)
    end sub 
    </SCRIPT>
    
    </BODY>
    </HTML>
    
  3. Open the test.htm file by using Internet Explorer 6.

    Note The expected result is false. Instead, you receive the results that are mentioned in the "Symptoms" section.

Properties

Article ID: 901104 - Last Review: November 15, 2007 - Revision: 2.8
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, when used with:
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86)
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter x64 Edition
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition
    • Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2
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