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Re: Anyone else notice that Swen is slowing down?

On Thu, 2003-10-02 at 17:08, Daniel B. wrote:
> Ron Johnson wrote:
> >...
> > > BTW what Linux email software allows users to run executable attachments by
> > > clicking on them?
> > 
> > None, now.
> What exactly do you mean?  
> Doesn't much e-mail software support opening attachments, and isn't that 
> opening configurable (if not in the e-mail client, then in the desktop
> environment to which the e-mail client might defer)? 
> If so, then in what sense does the software _not_ allow the user to do 
> something dumb and enable execution of shell scripts or Linux executables?
> Are were you just talking about default settings?

Let's say someone sends me a statically-linked elf binary that does,
in effect, 'rm -rf ../' .

Evolution, KMail, Sylpheed, Pine & Mutt will *not* run that binary

The GUI MUAs (and I presume Pine & Mutt) will ask if I want to *save*
the file, that's all, and it will *not* have the +x bit set.

If it's a nasty shell script, they will either display the text, 
ask if I want to view it, or save it, again, without +x set.

So, unless Nautilus or Konq are well and truly brain-dead, they 
won't run, even if you double-click on them.

Ron Johnson, Jr. ron.l.johnson@cox.net
Jefferson, LA USA

"I have created a government of whirled peas..."
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, 12-May-2002, CNN, Larry King Live

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