IE security update on Jan 21 broke link to htm from chm

Subject: IE security update on Jan 21 broke link to htm from chm
From: "Tina Gray" <tina -dot- gray -at- kewill -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2010 11:59:38 -0400

Has anyone experienced this issue and if so, do you know of a

I had a hyperlink in my What's New help topic (in a chm created with
Robohelp X5) to an .htm file (residing as a standalone .htm file outside
the RoboHelp source file) created with FrontPage. This is what the
hyperlink looked like in the RoboHelp GUI where you create the link:


As long as the readme.htm is in the same folder as the chm file, it
always worked fine (opened the readme.htm within the chm as if it was
just another help topic in the chm file), until the IE security update
MS10-002 that was released on Jan 21. The vulnerability addressed is the
HTML Object Memory Corruption Vulnerability - CVE-2010-0249
<> which
allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code by accessing a pointer
associated with a deleted object, related to incorrectly initialized
memory and improper handling of objects in memory, as exploited in the
wild in December 2009 and January 2010 during Operation Aurora, aka
"HTML Object Memory Corruption Vulnerability."

Since applying that security update, when the link to the readme.htm is
clicked from within the chm file, it would display an older version of
the readme (the last version created before the security update was
applied) instead of the latest version of the readme.htm that is located
in the same folder as the chm file. It's as if it is pulling the old
readme.htm from somewhere in memory. My boss who is the lead developer
of the software for which I write tried many workarounds (deleting from
cache, etc.) and we tried different ways of linking to the latest
readme.htm from within RoboHelp, all to no avail. A hyperlink to our
company website from within the chm works just fine, but not a link to
the readme.htm that resides in the same folder as the chm file.

For now, we have removed the link that is in the chm file and just have
the text, 'to view a summary of software patches for this version,
double-click the readme.htm in the directory where the software is

Has anyone experienced this issue since applying this IE security update
and if so, do you know of any workaround? I have a bad feeling that this
is just one of those MS issues we will have to just live with (like when
they disabled chm files from being able to open from a network drive).


- Tina

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