Well, it hasn't been a good year for Microsoft: a recently discovered bug in Internet Information Server (IIS) 3.0, Microsoft's Web server for Windows NT Server, can be used to crash the machine. The bug, discovered by an Austin, Texas computer consultant, can only be duplicated by using a Netscape Navigator 3.0 browser with Java 1.0.2 and sending a particular HTTP request to an IIS 3.0 server.

Microsoft has requested that news services not print instructions on causing the crash. As for the seriousness of the bug, it was used on Thursday to bring Microsoft's own Web servers down. Their system has had intermittent problems since then.

A fix for the bug has been posted to the Microsoft FTP site