March 26, 1997 11:00 AM ET
New version of Explorer promises security fix
By Sean Silverthorne

  Microsoft Corp. has posted a new version of Internet Explorer that it says addresses security flaws.

The company also pledged Tuesday to be more vigilant in spotting security problems.

Internet Explorer 3.02 is available on the company's Web site for Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 95 users. International versions will be released in the next few days.

The company said the script debugger does not work under Internet Explorer 3.02. There also could be potential conflicts with Authenticode Policy and InstallShield Software.

The new version includes an updated Internet Mail and News that posts a warning before launching a program attached to an E-mail message (see story).

The well-reported breaches centered on the program's automatic execution of files downloaded from, or loaded onto, Web sites that could contain dangerous code.

In a letter to customers, Brad Silverberg, senior vice president of the Applications and Internet Client Group, apologized for the problems.

"Let me begin by apologizing both for having these data security issues in the first place and for the inconvenience of your having to download the software that fixes them. We take all reports of data security problems very seriously."

For the future, Silverberg said the company is improving its monitoring and detection process in a number ways, including streamlined reporting procedures for contacting the company.

In addition, the company pledged to build stronger security measures from the start of development.

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