SkyDrive Sends 2 Million Characters To Firefox And Opera

By | November 12, 2012 | 12 Comments


SkyDrive Sends 2 Million Characters To Firefox And OperaHangs the latter.

Just recently, Opera users started reporting an issue, which caused their browser to become unstable while browsing SkyDrive photos. Now, according to Opera’s Hallvord R. M. Steen, the root cause is Microsoft itself.

As stated in the blog post, SkyDrive suffers from a bug, which sends two million NULL characters during every browsing session that results in a 100% CPU usage.

Interestingly enough, while both Firefox and Opera users experience this issue, Opera is the only web browser that hangs up due to the less efficient NULL chars handling. Fortunately, this will be optimized in the future Opera builds.

Whether or not SkyDrive sends 2 million characters to IE or Google Chrome remains to be seen.

[Via: Neowin]


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  • Tiago Sá

    Why would anyone use SkyDrive in the first place. It ought to be the most terrible file sharing service ever concieved by a corporation.

    • http://hector-macias.blogspot.com Hector Macias Ayala

      I dont use it to share, I dont give a fuck about sharing services, its a back up tool too, and thats what I use it for.

  • Guest

    Facebook browser is crap and can’t handle anything properly.

    • http://twitter.com/bricky149 Shane Bundy

      Dude, Opera isn’t owned by Facebook.

      • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

        Captain obvious… haha

      • Przemysław Lib

        There where talks about Opera beeing on sale, and Facebook looking to enter browser market.

      • max1c
        • http://twitter.com/bricky149 Shane Bundy

          Opera was rumoured to be bought out by Facebook. That rumour never came true.

    • jayjam

      Firefox handled this properly. Then again, Microsoft probably tested Skydrive in Firefox, so if there had been a bug it would have been fixed on the site.

      The only reason it affects Opera is that it wasn’t tested in Opera by Microsoft. Any other major browser would have gotten a fix on their end. Which is why you would only see something like this in Opera.

  • http://twitter.com/bricky149 Shane Bundy

    The article starts with “hangs the former” (which is Firefox) but then later says it hangs Opera (the latter).

    V, you might want to fix the part where it says “Fortunately, this will e optimized in the future Opera builds.” :-)

    • http://twitter.com/FavBrowser FavBrowser

      Damn, my b utton sometimes doesn’t work, fixed post title.

  • XP1

    Hallvord R. M. Steen: “The fix was very simple – don’t work so hard to log HTML5 parse errors for all those null characters ‘-)”

    http://my.opera.com/hallvors/blog/2012/11/12/microsoft-sends-two-million-null-characters-hangs-opera