So it seems that the 'trick' I wrote about almost a month ago is actually a useful feature and does not present a threat to security, according to Microsoft Australia's chief security advisor. But IE7 has different ideas.
What I want to know is that if this is such a useful feature and is used by legitimate applications -- to help automation, apparently -- then why is it that IE7, the recently released version of Microsoft's new browser, blocks the behaviour?
IE7 doesn't like the 'trick'
If you download and then install Microsoft's new browser before recreating the 'trick', you will find that instead of running the executable file, Windows displays a pop up box informing you that "this file type can potentially harm your computer".
Isn't that what I was trying to say a month ago?