[Full-Disclosure] IE Web Browser: "Sitting Duck"
bkfsec at sdf.lonestar.org
Tue Jul 6 15:27:40 BST 2004
>Couple of things.
>1. The conversation you are referring to was a conversation about issues
>with core base components that necessitated a complete redesign. You kept
>bringing up items that were NOT core base components - they were UI
>components. IE being one of them. The very fact that you have a choice to
>use a different browser should help you understand that. Try to use a
>different ACL system on Windows NT based systems and tell me how that goes.
The choice to use a different browser doesn't imply that IE isn't a core
base component at all.
Is it a part of the kernel? No...
Is it completely unremovable? Of course not...
Is it a part of the standard Windows UI? Yes...
Is it impossible to remove easily and difficult to remove cleanly? Yes...
Will removing it make many programs operate incorrectly? Yes...
I think you see where I'm going with this. It's a core component in MS
Windows, though it may not be a part of the OS kernel, it is,
nonetheless, undebatably, a core component of MS Windows as a software.
Keep in mind, IE is more than just a simple executable. The DLLs that
it uses are built to be used by other portions of the system and are
extensively used. Of course, this is the nature of DLLs.
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