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>> Now suppose I change example.xml to:
>> <bar xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance";
>>    xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="bar.xsd"/>
>> where bar.xsd is:
>> <xs:schema xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema";>
>> <xs:element name="bar">
>>   <xs:complexType/>
>> </xs:element>
>> </xs:schema>
>> Is there also some way to tell MSXML not to allow the
>> instance to provide additional schemas so that this would be
>> detected as invalid as well?
> Oops, forgot to answer this.
> Since xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation is a hint, it can be ignored at the
> discretion of the implementation. MSXML ignores the namespace location
> in the instance document if
> A.) No validation is requested by the user either via setting
> validateOnParse property or invoking the validate() method.
> OR
> B.) A schema is provided by the user via an XML Schema Cache for
> validating the document.

So, are you saying that the answer to my question is basically "no", since 
there is always the possibility that the root element of the instance will 
use a namespace not in the schema cache?

If that's so, although it's perfectly conformant, it seems like a fairly 
major potential security/robustness hole.  Suppose an application is trying 
to use validation to protect itself from bad input. It carefully loads the 
schema cache with the namespaces it knows about, and calls validate().  Now 
the bad guy comes along and uses a root element from some other namespace 
and uses xsi:schemaLocation to point to his own schema that that has a 
declaration for that element and uses <xs:any namespace="##any" 
processContents="skip"/>.  Won't they just have almost completely 
undermined any protection that was supposed to come from validation?



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