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Chapter 23. Office 2003 Security Environ... > ActiveX Controls and Office Security

ActiveX Controls and Office Security

Microsoft ActiveX controls can pose a security risk in some situations because the controls can be used to distribute malicious code or viruses, especially on computers where appropriate security-related settings are not in place.

For instance, if an ActiveX control that is not signed is downloaded from a Web page to a computer where High or Medium security is not enabled through Microsoft Internet Explorer, the control will run without warning. If that control contains malicious code capable of introducing a virus or some other form of attack, the computer and data could be damaged.


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