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Author eryksun
Recipients brett.cannon, eric.snow, eryksun, jkloth, lukasz.langa, mattip, ncoghlan, paul.moore, steve.dower, tim.golden, zach.ware
Date 2019-03-12.18:53:57
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> will this change just affect the embedded Python, or will it affect 
> the whole process

SetDefaultDllDirectories affects the whole process and cannot be reverted back to the legacy search path that includes "%SystemRoot%",  "%SystemRoot%\System" (the old 16-bit directory), the current working directory, and the PATH directories. Also, there's no LoadLibraryExW flag to use the legacy search path, either, so scripts and packages that use ctypes or cffi will have to be updated if they depend on PATH or changing the working directory. 

The alternative is to modify Python's importer to use the secure LoadLibraryExW flags (i.e. LOAD_LIBRARY_SEARCH_DLL_LOAD_DIR | LOAD_LIBRARY_SEARCH_DEFAULT_DIRS), without affecting the rest of the process. 

LOAD_LIBRARY_SEARCH_DEFAULT_DIRS includes the application directory, the user directories added with AddDlldirectory or SetDllDirectoryW, and the System32 directory. LOAD_LIBRARY_SEARCH_DLL_LOAD_DIR prepends the directory of the target DLL, which must be passed as a fully-qualified path.

> The docs for SetDllDirectory seem to imply that there *is* a global
> impact

SetDllDirectoryW still works after calling SetDefaultDllDirectories, as long as we include either LOAD_LIBRARY_SEARCH_USER_DIRS or LOAD_LIBRARY_SEARCH_DEFAULT_DIRS. It only allows adding a single directory, so it's of limited use anyway.
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