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   RE: XML Spy and ICComNet

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  • From: "Box, Don" <dbox@develop.com>
  • To: "'David E. Cleary'" <davec@progress.com>, xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: Thu, 11 May 2000 18:19:50 -0700

> -----Original Message-----
> From: David E. Cleary [mailto:davec@progress.com]
> Sent: Thursday, May 11, 2000 1:56 PM
> To: xml-dev@xml.org
> Subject: XML Spy and ICComNet
> I've just installed the beta version of XML Spy. Shortly thereafter, I
> discovered a process called ICComNet.exe was running on my 
> machine. Upon
> further investigation, I found:
> 1. this file was installed by XML Spy in my \WinNT directory
> 2. that it was created by a German company
> 3. that it is an out of process COM server
> 4. That the type library includes methods FindServer, 
> SendDatagram etc.

I just ran a Netmon trace when starting up XMLSpy. 

The ICOMNET.EXE process sends out 9 UDP broadcast packets. Each of the
packets is relatively small (60-125 bytes of payload) and they contain your
WINS name and the app name (XMLSpy) in clear text. All payloads begin with
the prefix "IComNet"

The fact that they are using a COM server to accomplish this is just a
detail that should not tarnish the good name of COM ;-) ;-)


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