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From: Juergen Schmidt (juheisec.de)
Date: Sat Oct 06 2007 - 05:46:47 CDT
Roger A. Grimes writes:
> The applications in question are accepting abitrary input and not
> validating correctly.
No -- they are handing the input over to the operating system -- which is
a reasonable thing to do for things that start with mailto|htpp|...
> How is that a Microsoft or Windows problem?
Ok, so just Microsoft and Windows:
1) on a system with Windows XP and IE6. Outlook Express is executed as
2) now do the very same thing on a system with Windows XP and IE7.
calc.exe is executed.
3) Now do the very same thing on a system with Windows Vista. You get a
"... could not be found"
No 3rd party software involved, just Microsoft and Windows -- three
different reactions. That is not what I would call a reliable and therefor
secure basis for applications.
You can propably argue in favour of any of those reactions -- but not for
all of them.
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