Error message in Internet Explorer when you try to access a Web site that requires Kerberos authentication on a Windows XP-based computer: "HTTP Error 401 - Unauthorized: Access is denied due to invalid credentials"
You are using Microsoft Internet Explorer on a Microsoft Windows XP-based computer. When you try to access a Web site that requires Kerberos authentication, you may receive the following error message:
HTTP Error 401 - Unauthorized: Access is denied due to invalid credentials.
This problem may occur if the Web site uses a CNAME resource record in the Domain Name System (DNS) to contact the server that initiates Kerberos authentication. (This server also issues the Kerberos ticket.) When you use Internet Explorer to access the Web site, Internet Explorer uses the host name of the server instead of the CNAME resource record to contact the server. The authentication process does not work because only the Service Principal Name (SPN) for the CNAME resource record is registered on the account that is used for the authentication.
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.
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No prerequisites are required.
You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement information
This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.
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Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
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322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
After you apply software update 911149, follow these steps to enable this update:
Exit Internet Explorer.
Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
Locate and then click the following registry subkey: