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Hi ,

I recently stumbled upon a site called talkway.com, which somehow installed a win32 executable
right from their web page.

Here is the link; ( they need your email :-0 ) ,

http://www.talkway.com/shop/eval.htm

do they achieve this with java ? if so, where can i get information about this
remote installation technology...

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why do u think its java related?
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sure its not an activex control or similiar?
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http://www.talkway.com/vtx_exp.htm#sys_req

the recorder is an outlook express plugin
the player is an applet
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by:apakian
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I know its an outlook plugin,, I'm talking about
the java applet the downloads and launches the win32 installer...

how does java, launch an exe , as it does
at this site..
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here is the html, which launches activates.jar ( i assume thats java )

<APPLET
  CODEBASE = "."
  archive  = "/bin/activator/activator.jar"
  CODE     = "Activator.class"
  NAME     = "TestApplet"
  WIDTH    = 351
  HEIGHT   = 112
  HSPACE   = 0
  VSPACE   = 0
  ALIGN    = top
>
        <param name="CABINETS" value="/bin/activator/activator.cab,/bin/activator/activator2.cab">

        <param name="ver" value="1">
        <param name="products" value="VMailTalk Express,VMailTalk Messenger">

        <param name="c1" value="http://www.talkway.com/VMailTalk/OutlookExpress/en/OutlkExp202.zip">
            <param name="c2" value="http://www.talkway.com/VMailTalk/NS4/en/NS4101.zip">


        <param name="p1" value="http://www.talkway.com/VMailTalk/portals/vt.twc.pay.zip">
       <param name="p2" value="http://www.talkway.com/VMailTalk/portals/vt.twc.pay.zip">

        <param name="label1" value="VMailTalk Express 2.0 (for Outlook Express)">
        <param name="label2" value="VMailTalk Messenger for Netscape 4">

        <!-- Options -->
            <param name="optionsTitle" value="Select the type of installation.">
            <param name="option1" value="Typical (recommended)">
            <param name="option1value" value="Typical">
            <param name="option2" value="Advanced">
            <param name="option2value" value="Advanced">
        <!-- end of Options -->

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Do you grant permissions to the applet when it loads.
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I do, however it asks me after it downloads, the progress
bar appears, downloads, then launches. ( from memory )

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Once you've given permission to the applet it's free to do whatever it want.
Sounds like what it then does is download a cab and install it.
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I know, and I agree.

However, the progress bar appears, and the 'cab' downloads before it
asks me if i want to or not... It only asks once this process is complete
'if i want to launch''  how do they force the download/progress bar
just like that..  ( my security is set to medium )
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Theres no restriction on things being downloaded, its only to execute something that your permission is needed.
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