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2-05-2009 @ 5:44PM
Wrong.Any application can read from the clipboard at any time. It's a global thing, not a per-application thing ( how else do you get your text from Word in to your favorite chat application ).Clipboard text is stored in plain text, so it's easily readable by any application on the system. Thus explains this security policy implemented in IE7: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb250473(VS.85).aspxClipboard text is grabbed through a standard API call that is the same on nearly every Windows OS. This means all you have to do is copy out clipboard contents whenever someone pastes something in and parse. Within a few seconds you can figure out if it's text and, if so, whether it's a password.And hey, a sample application for how this can be done is available on MSDN:http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms649016(VS.85).aspxSo not only can I do this, but I can do so writing not even 1 line of my own code.*PLEASE* stop spreading this misinformation. It doesn't matter where you heard it: This advice is wrong.Read more on the clipboard here:http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms649012(VS.85).aspx
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