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Re: IE Web Browser: "Sitting Duck"
From: Barry Fitzgerald <bkfsec () sdf lonestar org>
Date: Tue, 06 Jul 2004 10:27:40 -0400

joe wrote:

Couple of things.

1. The conversation you are referring to was a conversation about issues
with core base components that necessitated a complete redesign. You kept
bringing up items that were NOT core base components - they were UI
components. IE being one of them. The very fact that you have a choice to
use a different browser should help you understand that. Try to use a
different ACL system on Windows NT based systems and tell me how that goes.
The choice to use a different browser doesn't imply that IE isn't a core base component at all.

Is it a part of the kernel?  No...

Is it completely unremovable?  Of course not...

Is it a part of the standard Windows UI?  Yes...

Is it impossible to remove easily and difficult to remove cleanly?  Yes...

Will removing it make many programs operate incorrectly?  Yes...

I think you see where I'm going with this. It's a core component in MS Windows, though it may not be a part of the OS kernel, it is, nonetheless, undebatably, a core component of MS Windows as a software. Keep in mind, IE is more than just a simple executable. The DLLs that it uses are built to be used by other portions of the system and are extensively used. Of course, this is the nature of DLLs.

                              -Barry

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