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ActiveX Update and SharePoint

  Asked By: Felicia    Date: Sep 30    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1913

Has anyone been adversely affected by the ActiveX update in regards to SharePoint? Currently this update is optional, but it will soon be shifted to being required via Windows Update and Auto Update. I am trying to find out what all will be affected in SharePoint, and if any instance has negative effects or more dire consequences than just having to click an ActiveX control in SharePoint twice.



Here is the full notice about the update:



Subject: Internet Explorer ActiveX Update



Summary
Microsoft will be making some necessary changes to Microsoft Windows desktop operating system software related to the way in which Internet Explorer handles some web pages. The purpose of this communication is to provide additional information on the planned IE Active X update for Windows® client and server, and to point organizations and website developers to technical information. These changes are related to Internet Explorer and the Eolas Technologies and the Regents of the University of California v. Microsoft patent case (Eolas v. Microsoft). The IE Active X update will be rolled-up and included in the next security update scheduled for April 11th, 2006. This update will be required via Windows Update and Automatic Update.

Recommended Action
Microsoft recommends that organizations evaluate their internal applications with this update. Testing can be done by installing the update on a client machine and navigating to web pages/applications in IE. Application owners can update their web pages using the techniques suggested on MSDN at http://msdn.microsoft.com/ieupdate" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://msdn.microsoft.com/ieupdate" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://msdn.microsoft.com/ieupdate" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://msdn.microsoft.com/ieupdate, to ensure controls will function without user interaction.



Customers who do not deploy the security update released April 11th, which includes the IE Active X update, will not receive the most current security patches and may put their environment at risk.

Scope of Release

· The IE Active X Update will affect Windows® XP SP2, Windows® Server 2003 SP1 and Windows® Server 2003 R2 Products (including versions of those products for Embedded Systems).

o Client SKUs including Starter Edition, Home Edition, Professional, Tablet PC Edition, Media Center Edition and Professional for Embedded Systems will be updated.

o Updates to Windows Server include Windows Server 2003 SP1, Windows Server 2003 R2 (CD1), and Small Business Server.

· Additionally, MS plans to re-release full versions of Windows Client XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP1, and Windows Server 2003 R2 (including versions for Embedded Systems) to all channels (OEM, Retail, Volume Licensing) in a phased approach during the February – June 2006 timeframe.

· At this time we are not releasing other downlevel versions of IE or Windows, however we may do so in the future. Additional details on release schedules will be provided as they become available.

Described Functionality

MSDN Article: http://msdn.microsoft.com/ieupdate" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://msdn.microsoft.com/ieupdate" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://msdn.microsoft.com/ieupdate" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://msdn.microsoft.com/ieupdate

Knowledge Base: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/912945/en-us" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://support.microsoft.com/kb/912945/en-us" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://support.microsoft.com/kb/912945/en-us" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://support.microsoft.com/kb/912945/en-us



· Users cannot directly interact with Microsoft ActiveX controls loaded by the APPLET, EMBED, or OBJECT elements. Users can interact with such controls after activating their user interfaces. To activate an interactive control, either click it or use the TAB key to set focus on it and then press the SPACEBAR or the ENTER key.



· Certain Windowed ActiveX controls still receive mouse and keyboard messages when they are disabled because they use the Windows APIs GetKeyState and GetCursorPos to obtain the system keyboard and cursor messages. For these controls only, a prompt will be shown before the control is loaded and once loaded the control will be interactive. The following CLSIDs will show a prompt.



o Virtools: {C4925E65-7A1E-11D2-8BB4-00A0C9CC72C3}

o Shockwave: {166B1BCA-3F9C-11CF-8075-444553540000}

o Quicktime: {02BF25D5-8C17-4B23-BC80-D3488ABDDC6B}



Note: We are working with the companies that provide these Active X controls, to provide technical guidance, on future versions that will be able to be activated in the page rather than prompting.

· Web developers should test the code posted on MSDN and update their web pages using the techniques Microsoft suggests on MSDN at http://msdn.microsoft.com/ieupdate" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://msdn.microsoft.com/ieupdate" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://msdn.microsoft.com/ieupdate" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://msdn.microsoft.com/ieupdate, to ensure controls will function without user interaction.

Known Issues

Please see compete list of known issues - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/912945/en-us" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://support.microsoft.com/kb/912945/en-us" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://support.microsoft.com/kb/912945/en-us" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://support.microsoft.com/kb/912945/en-us

The IE Active-X update will affect all Siebel 7 High Interactive clients. After you apply this security update, you will have to click several times to interact with the Siebel program, one time for each ActiveX control in the program. Siebel is working with Microsoft to identify a solution. A Siebel product update is expected to release in the spring of 2006. For more information about Siebel product updates, visit the following Siebel Support Web site: https://ebusiness.siebel.com/supportweb/

Key Dates Summary:

December 2, 2006

Microsoft held a meeting at the Silicon Valley campus to describe the upcoming changes to key External Partners, (ISVs, OEMs, Content Providers).

January 9, 2006

Microsoft posted a pre-release IE Active X update for Windows XP SP2 to MSDN subscribers.

February 9, 2006

Completion of Microsoft’s internal software testing.

February 9, 2006

Microsoft posted a pre-release IE Active X update for Windows XP SP2 (all languages) to the public MSDN site.

February 28, 2006

Release of IE Active X update to Windows Update as an optional download (all languages).

April 11, 2006

IE Active X update will be rolled-up and included in the next security update. This will be required via Windows Update and Automatic Update.

March –June 2006

Localized full versions of Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP1, and Windows Server 2003 R2 (including all SKUs of those products) to be re-released to all channels in a phased approach.



Technical Support

In order to ensure that your technical issues are resolved in a timely manner, we request that you engage the Microsoft Product Support Services team for further assistance. Microsoft Premier customers may engage their Technical Account Manager directly or call the Microsoft Support Customer Care center. If you are not a Microsoft Premier customer you may call the Microsoft Support Customer Care center for assistance. Visit http://support.microsoft.com for more information.

We value your business and are committed to customer care. Please contact us if we can assist or answer any questions.

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