FIX: Internet Explorer 6 may exit with an access violation when the JavaScript garbage collector runs and you have dynamically removed a TBODY, THEAD, or TFOOT HTML tag from a table in Windows XP

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SYMPTOMS

Consider the following scenario. In Microsoft Windows XP, the JavaScript garbage collector runs in Microsoft Internet Explorer 6. You have dynamically removed a TBODY, THEAD, or TFOOT HTML tag from a table. In this scenario, Internet Explorer 6 may eventually exit with an access violation.

CAUSE

This problem occurs because the garbager collector cleans up the internal references to the TBODY, THEAD, and TFOOT elements when the garbage collector runs. By doing this, the garbage collector deletes the internal objects even though other references to those objects still exist. When those objects are used later, certain operations may overwrite memory. This behavior may cause Internet Explorer to crash.

RESOLUTION

Security update information

To resolve this problem, install the most current cumulative security update for Internet Explorer. To install the most current updates, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://update.microsoft.com
For more technical information about the most current cumulative security update for Internet Explorer, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/current.aspx
Note This fix was first included in security update 939653 (MS07-057). For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
939653 MS07-057: Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer

Hotfix information

Prerequisites

You must apply Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) before you apply this hotfix.

Restart requirement

You must 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 item in Control Panel.
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTime
Mshtml.dll6.0.2900.2910 3,055,10417-May-2006 11:27

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: 918961 - Last Review: October 9, 2011 - Revision: 2.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0
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