Microsoft has fixed the bug plaguing HotMail, its freeware Web-based email tool. The bug, which allowed malicious hackers to send recipients HTML email with embedded scripting code, could potentially cause problems on the user's machine. Microsoft's fix strips incoming email of any scripting code, stopping the problem before it hits the user's inbox.

"Last night we released a robust fix," said HotMail's Sean Fee. "It was implemented within 36 hours of our awareness of the issue. It is definitely a testament to the Microsoft employees who work here at HotMail and their dedication to our users' security needs."

The Microsoft fix filters out JavaScript, HTML META tags (which are often used to redirect users to other Web sites, which could then do whatever they'd like), and Java applets