DBCS attachment file names are not displayed in Rich Text e-mail messages after you install security update MS05-012

Meenakshi encountered this on her laptop at home and had to install the hotfix. Be aware that after you install security update 873333 (MS05-012), you may find out that DBCS attachment file names are not displayed in Rich Text e-mail messages and you may receive a “Generic Host Process” error message (if you are on XP sp2).

You may also find that File names are not displayed in e-mail messages (where the format is Rich-Text) that include file attachments when the following conditions are true:

  • The file name contains double-byte character set (DBCS) characters.
  • The file name is longer than 42 characters.
  • An application that implements the IMallocSpy debugging interface may experience heap corruption after you install security update 873333

A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that is described in this article. Only apply it to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix may receive additional testing. Microsoft recommends, to install this only if it affects you, I say go ahead and install it nevertheless. You can get more details including the hotfix itself from here.

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Amit Bahree

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