Microsoft has removed a chunk of code labelled "big boobs" from a piece of its software.
The hexadecimal string '0xB16B00B5' was found hidden in a code that runs every time a Microsoft programme starts a virtual version of Linux.
The BBC reports that it came to light on a mailing list for Linux developers, where hacker Paolo Bonzini said of the string: "Somone (sic) was trying to be funny, I guess."
Microsoft was made aware of the discovery and quickly issued an apologetic statement, saying: "We thank the community for reporting this issue and apologise for the offensive string."
The software giant then issued a patch that corrected the string.
Not all software developers were satisfied with the apology, however, with Dr Matthew Garret arguing that "puerile sniggering at breasts contributes to the continuing impression that software development is a boys' club where girls aren't welcome".
Garrett also suggested that the patch may not be the definitive fix-all that Microsoft thinks it is, noting on his blog: "It's especially irritating in this case because Azure [Microsoft's cloud service] may depend on this constant, so changing it will break things."