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Bug in January 2016 CU for SharePoint 2013: adjusting external links in site pages

There’s a bug in the January 2016 CU where the CU erroneously updates external links. On a site page, we have a link to an external JavaScript library placed on a CDN like this:

· //cdn.ourcompany.com/js/jquery/jquery.js

After the CU is done “fixing” it, this link has become an internal one:

· /js/jquery/jquery.js

Because of that, the page no longer is able to find the javascript file and the page fails. Links explicitly including the protocol are not molested in this way, so http//cdn.ourcompany.com/js/jquery/jquery.js remains http//cdn.ourcompany.com/js/jquery/jquery.js after CU installation. Let’s hope this bug is fixed in future updates, since we really want to leave out explicit protocols (like so: //cdn.ourcompany.com/js/jquery/jquery.js). We also would like the CU not to try to be too smart and stay away of the contents of our site pages. Btw, it also seems that the CU doesn’t touch similar references in page layouts.

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