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From: tom.koehler at (Tom Koehler)
Subject: The msvidctl.dll in Windows XP

Hi Richard,

>On my Windows XP laptop, I found a large number of ActiveX controls in the
>system file msvidctl.dll which are marked safe for scripting.  I've
attached a
>list of the controls in this DLL.  I'm really curious why this DLL is
>on my system in the first place since the laptop doesn't have a TV tuner
and why
>these controls need to be marked safe for scripting.

>Also does anyone know if this DLL is installed by default in all/most
>Windows XP systems?
I have PC with preinstalled XP (install date 12.Dec.02) and the files are in
system folder and a folder called servicepackfiles (created 18.12.02 when
computer was already under my care) so I assume they came with the update
I did after receiving the machine.

>My concern with this DLL, is that some number of security holes have
slipped by
>Microsoft given the large quantity of ActiveX methods and properties that
>to checked out here.
I'm sure there are, but I don't actively use that OS so I'm not too worried.
I have Linux and Win98SE on  two other ones and only go XP to test our


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