[Mimedefang] Unsafe file types

Ben Kamen bkamen at benjammin.net
Sun Nov 30 20:58:55 EST 2003

On Sun, 30 Nov 2003, Kenneth Porter wrote:

> --On Sunday, November 30, 2003 10:34 AM -0500 "David F. Skoll"
> <dfs at roaringpenguin.com> wrote:
> > Renaming prog.exe to prog.exe.txt makes it "safe" in that clicking on
> > it won't cause Windoze to execute it.
> Isn't there some situation where Windoze runs a program in spite of its
> name, looking at the magic inside?

not really. There's no -x- bit like on Unix. What makes a file on
Windows/DOS is the extension. If you rename a file to .txt it won't run.
Windows even warns when renaming a file that renaming could cause the
program to not execute anymore.

That's been my experience over the years. :)


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