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Chapter 23. Office 2003 Security Environ... > Mitigating Potential Security Threat...

Mitigating Potential Security Threats

Recent changes to security-related features within Microsoft Office 2003 have caused changes to how the Microsoft Office 2003 package is installed. In past versions, the default configuration provided for previous versions usually included a different means of storing and acknowledging certificates of trust as well as fewer options for administrators to restrict the startup of Microsoft ActiveX controls. Now, ActiveX controls have six possible startup configurations.

There are several other improvements that are not obvious due to changes at the source code level that reduced buffer overflow attacks and changed how attachments to e-mail messages are run. These changes in how Office applications are installed and run is an attempt to help reduce possible security threats.


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