Breaking Windows

Apparently, if you are using Windows and you visit this page, it will crash your computer. Not just the browser. All of it. That’s right, a single web page can bring down the whole Operating System. It seems that even the robust Firefox browser is not immune (which leads me to conclude the flaw is in the OS).

As usual, OS X seems immune. After examining the page source, it looks like the crash is caused by forcing the image within the page to be rendered at 9,999,999 pixels square:

<img SRC="imagecrash.jpg" width="9999999" height="9999999"/>

It’s a mean trick, but it does highlight yet another flaw in Microsoft’s finest. So, in the spirit of Father Ted, DO NOT FOLLOW THIS LINK.

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