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Submission + - Google Native Client: Second Coming of ActiveX? (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: InfoWorld's Randall Kennedy questions whether Google's Native Client can be anything other than the second coming of ActiveX — one that IT organizations will rightfully reject. 'IT veterans are understandably squeamish about any idea that smells of ActiveX-like integration. And so far, Google is doing little to allay their fears.' Supported by the latest developer release of Chrome, Native Client, which some consider Google's craziest idea yet, is purportedly protected by a combination of sandboxing and static analysis that Google feels will be sufficient enough to deflect threats from the majority of attack vectors. Kennedy, however, argues that the mere thought of what a malicious Native Client app might do is enough to send a shiver down IT's collective spine. 'When it comes to the separation of browser and OS, we IT folk like the status quo. It keeps us sane. And the harder Google tries to pry that Pandora's box back open, the tighter our grip becomes on the edges of the lid.'

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