is one of several key
that is backfiring on
What is ActiveX
that is "Internet enabled", slimmed down from the OLE to support "content push". It was a huge success in the battle to wrestle market share from
's plugin architecture.
As a competitor to
, it may have checked the growing demand for Java because
can be delivered through much cheaper mechanisms such as
. As the market share of
grew, it made business sense for developers to think first of
, further aided by its ability to deliver superior "user experience". The price was platform independence.
It has "built-in" licensing mechanism to allow developers of ActivexTechnology to benefit from developing ActiveX products.
And from the vendor archives, see
the article stated the intent to have Activex adopted as international standard.
History of ActiveX
Dec04 discovered flaw helps phishing (a type of SocialEngineering) scams even for WindowsXp SP2 machines
What ActiveX offers, in the form AuthentiCode
s for components), is not so much
is designed to make it hard to spoof a component's credentials. This permits you to decide whether to download and run a component based on whether you trust the component's creators. Once you've said "yes", an ActiveX component has no restrictions on what it can do.
Now a liability
MS article above was selling the benefits of autodownload, transparent installation at the time of publication.
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