This blog is closed as of 2/2015. @EricLaw left Microsoft in 2012, but was named an IE MVP in '13 & an IE userAgent ( in '14.

October, 2009

  • IEInternals

    Using Meddler to Simulate Web Traffic

    As mentioned back in July , IE8’s new lookahead downloader has a number of bugs which cause it to issue incorrect speculative download requests. The “BASE Bug” caused the speculative downloader to only respect the <BASE> element...
  • IEInternals

    Capturing Crash Dumps for Analysis

    Sometimes, folks report crashes to the IE team that we are unable to reproduce internally. That’s usually because, as mentioned often, most crashes are caused by buggy browser add-ons. In some cases, however, crashes occur even when running with...
  • IEInternals

    Understanding DEP/NX

    Despite being one of the crucial security features of modern browsers, Data Execution Prevention / No Execute (DEP/NX) is not well understood by most users, even technical experts without a security background. In this post, I’ll try to provide...
  • IEInternals

    DotNet UserControls Restricted in IE8

    In the past, Internet Explorer supported a really easy way to host .NET UserControls in HTML. These controls worked much like ActiveX controls, but because they ran with limited permissions, sandboxed by the .NET Framework, they would download and run...
  • IEInternals

    The User-Agent String: Use and Abuse

    When I first joined the IE team five years ago, I became responsible for the User-Agent string. While I’ve owned significantly more “important” features over the years, on a byte-for-byte basis, few have proved as complicated as the...
  • IEInternals

    Good News: Microsoft Security Essentials Released

    Microsoft’s free new anti-virus / anti-malware realtime scanner is now available as a free download . Installing MSE, a traditional signature-based scanner, alongside IE8’s URL Reputation-based SmartScreen Filter yields comprehensive protection to help...
  • IEInternals

    Internet Explorer Cannot Download https://something

    Earlier today, I was asked to troubleshoot a secure site where file downloads were always failing . Having seen this problem many times often over the years, I immediately suspected that the web developer wasn’t aware that if a user tries...
  • IEInternals

    New Tool: Compare IE Security Settings

    “IE Zone Comparer” was designed to provide additional visibility into URLMon's security zone settings. Pick any two collections of security zone settings, and IE Zone Comparer displays the values of those settings, highlighting any differences between...
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