Microsoft may disagree, but IE7 is on my side

Microsoft may disagree, but IE7 is on my side

Summary: 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.

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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?

Topics: Windows, Browser, Microsoft

Munir Kotadia

About Munir Kotadia

Munir first became involved with online publishing in 1998 when he joined ZDNet UK and later moved into print publishing as Chief Reporter for IT Week, part of ZDNet UK, a weekly trade newspaper targeted at Enterprise IT managers. He later moved back into online publishing as Senior News Reporter for ZDNet UK.

Munir was recognised as Australia's Best Technology Columnist at the 5th Annual Sun Microsystems IT Journalism Awards 2007. In the previous year he was named Best News Journalist at the Consensus IT Writers Awards.

He no longer uses his Commodore 64.

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