Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 20th Nov 2005 01:14 UTC, submitted by Stephen Robinson
Internet Explorer (by the way, check their brand new mobile site too) reader Olegil demonstrates how to read Windows' clipboard, by using the IE 5+ clipboard API. IE's clipboard API is a known design-decision feature which allows for better interoperability with Office/VBA. But as Olegil shows, the rules of the game are too loose and information can be stolen and stored on a remote server.
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Not news...
by Juerd on Sun 20th Nov 2005 13:43 UTC
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This comes up every few months, but I keep wondering why it is still spread as "news". This is not new, not recently discovered. Yours truly has written a page about this ( as early as three full years ago, and even then, it was already an old issue.

Microsoft has decided not to care about the privacy of their users and to downplay the chances of there being privacy sensitive information in the clipboard. MS does not agree that reality is a better measure.

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RE: Not news...
by dylansmrjones on Sun 20th Nov 2005 14:26 in reply to "Not news..."
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Consider it 'follow up' news..

Like "MS has still not fixed goofy security breech in IE" ;)

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RE: Not news...
by anda_skoa on Sun 20th Nov 2005 15:39 in reply to "Not news..."
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Microsoft has decided not to care about the privacy of their users

Actually the users do not care about privacy. All that did have switched to some other browser.

The rest is more concerned about getting their data destroyed or corrupted, not about someone else accessing it.

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RE[2]: Not news...
by Juerd on Sun 20th Nov 2005 15:42 in reply to "RE: Not news..."
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That's just not true. Most people DO NOT KNOW that their software is unsafe, and that there is free replacement software that is less unsafe.

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