Windows Media Player OCX Attachment Vulnerability Patch
What are the 3 types of software?--Computers are managed by software. Software may be divided into three categories: system, utility, and application.
What is the difference between download and install?--The act of "downloading" a file is distinct from "installing" it. Instructions to utilize the downloaded data to modify your computer are "installing" the file. The file does not alter or be updated if installation is not performed.
What is software used for?--Software is a collection of instructions, data, or computer programs used to run machines and carry out certain activities. It is the antithesis of hardware which refers to a computer external components. A device running programs, scripts, and applications are collectively referred to as "software" in this context.
OCX controls are containers that can hold multiple ActiveX controls. A particular OCX control, associated with Windows Media Player, could be used in a denial of service attack against RTF-enabled e-mail clients such as Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express. If the affected control were programmatically embedded into an RTF mail and then sent to another user, the user’s mail client would fail when he closed the mail. The vulnerability would not cause any lasting effects. The user could resume normal operation by restarting the mail client and deleting the affected mail. Although the affected OCX control is associated with Windows Media Player, it poses no threat to it the vulnerability could only be used to attack e-mail clients.