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This is the weblog for Pete Finnigan. Pete works in the area of Oracle security and he specialises in auditing Oracle databases for security issues. This weblog is aimed squarely at those interested in the security of their Oracle databases.

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Searching metalink from the MS search bar

I saw a very interesting post on the oracle-l list earlier in the week and made a note to talk about it here. The post is titled "Metalink search from the MS Deskbar" and it caught my eye as it sounds like the same security concerns could surface with this search bar as with google.

The poster of the thread let's everyone know that a new - (broken link) beta desktop search bar has been released by MS. He goes on to say that he has no familiarity with the competition but he points out how useful this desktop search bar looks. he then gives a good example shortcut that can be used to search metalink. He also suggests that this search bar is faster than searching through outlook or the Windows Explorer.

As I said the story caught my eye as it could be possible that some issues occur such as with the google desktop search. I talked about this recently in a post called "Bruce Schneier talks about google desktop search security" in my own blog. Of course there may not be any issues at all, I have not tested the MS desktop bar.