A site does not run in the expected security zone in Internet Explorer 7 if the site address in the security zone uses a wildcard character

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SYMPTOMS

A site does not run in the expected security zone in Windows Internet Explorer 7 if the site address in the security zone uses a wildcard character. For example, when you add sites to security zones in Internet Explorer 7, you experience the following symptoms:

Symptom 1

A site address that uses a wildcard character overrides a site address that uses the exact name. For example, assume that you have added the "*.subdomain.domain.com" site address to the Local Intranet security zone. You also add the "server.subdomain.domain.com" site address to the Trusted Sites security zone. When you access the following Web site, you expect the Web site to run in the Trusted Sites security zone:
http://server.subdomain.domain.com
However, the status bar of Internet Explorer indicates that the Web site runs in the Local Intranet security zone.

Symptom 2

A site address that uses a wildcard character does not apply to a site address that is in a nested namespace. Instead, the site address that uses a wildcard character applies only to a site that is directly in the defined namespace.

For example, assume that you have added the "*.subdomain.domain.com" site address to the Local Intranet security zone. When you access the following Web site, you expect that the Web site will run in the Local Intranet security zone:
http://server.dns.subdomain.domain.com
However, the status bar of Internet Explorer indicates that the Web site runs in the Internet security zone.

In this case, the Web site runs in the Local Intranet security zone only after you add one of the following addresses to the Local Intranet security zone:
  • *.dns.subdomain.domain.com
  • server.dns.subdomain.domain.com
Note The Web site runs in the correct zone in Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.

CAUSE

These symptoms occur because the Urlmon.dll module incorrectly checks the Web site that you access.

RESOLUTION

Service pack information for Windows Vista

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows Vista. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
935791 How to obtain the latest Windows Vista service pack

Hotfix information for Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Vista

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

No prerequisites are required.

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 sizeDateTimePlatform
Update.mumNot applicable2,03110-Jul-200714:07Not applicable
X86_9bea2207ce8599dc91db2690638058dd_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20636_none_e5e53045c3e3bfd7.manifestNot applicable72410-Jul-200714:07Not applicable
X86_microsoft-windows-i..ersandsecurityzones_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20636_none_b36c0612f2d3e8e2.manifestNot applicable283,49210-Jul-200714:10Not applicable
Urlmon.dll7.0.6000.206361,155,07210-Jul-200702:26x86

Hotfix information for Internet Explorer 7 in Microsoft 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 Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 installed on the computer. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
889100 How to obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2003

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 sizeDateTimePlatform
Urlmon.dll7.0.6000.206361,155,07214-Jul-200705:35x86

Hotfix information for Internet Explorer 7 in Microsoft 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 installed on the computer. For more 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

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 sizeDateTimePlatform
Urlmon.dll7.0.6000.206361,155,07212-Jul-200713:08x86

Post-installation information

Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall the operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.

After you apply this hotfix, you must edit the registry to enable the hotfix. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.

    Note On a Windows Vista-based computer, click Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
  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 FEATURE_ZONES_WILDCARD_PRECEDENCE_KB939940, and then press ENTER.
  5. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
  6. Type *, and then press ENTER.
  7. On the Edit menu, click Modify.
  8. In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.
  9. Exit Registry Editor.

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section. This problem was first corrected in Windows Vista Service Pack 1.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about software update terminology, 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

Properties

Article ID: 939940 - Last Review: October 8, 2011 - Revision: 4.0
APPLIES TO
  • Windows Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Vista
  • Windows Internet Explorer 7 for Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP
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