Windows Media Technologies Security
Windows Media technologies should be used with caution in environments that require high security.
Windows Media technologies do not feature the intimate interaction with system hardware commonly found in other multimedia features, so they do not involve the same types of security concerns. Instead, the Windows Media technologies can introduce vulnerabilities to a platform through interaction with other software outside the control of the platform developer or applications programmer.
Windows Media technologies are built on top of DirectShow and are therefore susceptible to all of the same security issues. For more information, see DirectShow Security.
As is the case when using any multimedia feature built to support specific media types, always make sure that you are reading data from a trusted source. Also, make sure that you understand the full security implications inherent to the media type that you are supporting, such as the ability for .asf files to contain scripts.
Last updated on Wednesday, April 13, 2005
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