* Tim Smith peremptorily fired off this memo:
> In article <_sGqj.62638$k27.28632@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
> Linonut <linonut@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> > The fact of the matter, the flaws that are prompting turning off ActiveX
>> > have nothing whatsoever to do with ActiveX. Those same flaws would be
>> > present in any kind of plug-in.
>> > Ok, so you disable ActiveX, and everyone moves to Firefox. Next thing you
>> > know Facebook and Myspace make Firefox plugins that contain similar
>> > vulnerabilities and everyone is getting infected by drive-by Firefox
>> > plug-ins.
>> Yeah yeah yeah, Erik, I'm sure companies let their employees connect to
>> Facebook and MySpace.
>> (Watching Firefox failing to connect right now. It is obviously
>> firewalled, just like what happened to YouTube here recently.)
> Let's summarize the argument you appear to be making.
> 1. There are problems in Facebook and MySpace ActiveX uploaders.
> 2. Therefore, ActiveX is bad. Let's ban it.
> 3. Firefox Facebook and MySpace plug-ins would not be a risk, because
> Facebook and MySpace would be firewalled off.
You sure have a weird kind of logic working there.
I simply mean that most dangerous sites would already be firewalled.
However, some of the .mil sites do require ActiveEx.
And, if you want full access using Firefox (under Linux), you do have to
install a Firefox smart-card plugin.
In that controlled environment, both are probably safe.
Outside that environment? All bets are off for the administrator user.
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