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Platinum Edition Using XHTML™, XML, and Java™ 2 by Andrew H. Watt, Mike Morgan, Jim O'Donnell, Eric Ladd

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Executable Content and Security

Java has changed the face of the Web from a static publishing medium to an interactive application development platform by providing executable "live" content embedded in HTML documents. This is a frightening thought to many system administrators. After all, it's bad enough that people can download software that might contain viruses that could damage their machines. How can the network stay secure with programs coming in and running on the host machines all on their own? Malicious code such as the "LoveBug" virus has made us all wonder, what is to keep somebody from reading sensitive data, wiping out hard drives, setting up back doors to the network, or something worse? Fortunately, the folks at Sun gave this ...

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