Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 23rd Dec 2005 03:29 UTC
Windows Windows Vista will improve search functionality on a PC by letting users tag files with metadata, but those tags could cause unwanted and embarrassing information disclosure, Gartner analysts warned.
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Correct me if I'm wrong...
by sappyvcv on Fri 23rd Dec 2005 05:18 UTC
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't metadata stored by the file system and not in the file itself? So unless someone is on your computer on your account, what is the issue?

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RE: Correct me if I'm wrong...
by on Fri 23rd Dec 2005 06:02 in reply to "Correct me if I'm wrong..."
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The only new metadata I've noticed since WinFS was pulled is the TransactionalNTFS (TxF) stuff. Actually it took up a noticeably large amount of space on my other drives and I noticed it when I was defragging. I think there really isn't a security issue but it would be nice for MS or someone to release a tool that would let you strip out the extra metadata files. Hmmm. Maybe just converting back to NT4 or 2000's version of NTFS. Is there a program that does that?

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RE: Correct me if I'm wrong...
by evert on Fri 23rd Dec 2005 08:58 in reply to "Correct me if I'm wrong..."
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Some metadata is stored in the file itself, and other meta outside of the file. For example: Word .doc documents contain the meta-information in the main file. But setting a summary for a plain .txt file will create an additional NTFS data stream for the file. The new WinFS will work different, of course.

I agree about the metadata that is stored in the WinFS database or in a NTFS stream - because that information is lost when emailing a file or copying to a FAT USB stick, it does not really matter.

The embedded metadata in JPEG en Word files is another matter, but ALL operating systems, not just Vista, suffer from this feature which can be misused by stupid users :-(

How WinFS changes all this? I guess that the UI in Vita will make it really easy to assing metadata to groups of files, and that Vista will not only store that metadata in the database, but apply it to the embedded metadata in Word files, too.

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