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Microsoft Repatches Third August Patch

The new patch fixes a bug that could trash NTFS file systems when using Microsoft's own compression software. It's the third patch from August's batch that had to be reissued.

The same day that Microsoft Corp. went out-of-cycle to issue a fix for a critical flaw in Internet Explorer, it also re-released a security update that had corrupted data on some users' PCs. It was the third patch from August's batch that has had to be re-issued.

Versi0n 2.0 of MS06-049, "Vulnerability in Windows Kernel Could Result in Elevation of Privilege," was posted Tuesday in response to warnings earlier this month from Microsoft that the Aug. 8 edition could ruin files on NTFS formatted drives when the PC used Windows' own compression schemes.

Then, Microsoft said while it had created a hotfix, customers had to contact the support desk to obtain a copy. The revised MS06-049 released Tuesday rolled that hotfix into the older update.

Microsoft has recently had to regularly re-issue patches, occasionally multiple times, to fix newly introduced bugs or overlooked flaws. Two weeks ago, it released an August update for Internet Explorer, MS06-042, for the third time. The same day, the Redmond, Wash.-based developer also re-released MS06-040, another August update.

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