Re: [Nautilus-list] Idea for Nautilus and GMC.

what if someone distributes a malicious elf/a.out binary as
foo-1.5-2.i386.rpm the user will open the file with gmc/nautilus and
instead of telling the user "no viewer capable of opening this file" (or
whatever it says when someone runs a binary w/o the execute bit) it will
set the execute bit and run the file. boom!

On 22 May 2001 20:23:38 -0400, Miguel de Icaza wrote:
> Currently when people download executables from the network, say for
> installing software, they can not execute them because the execute bit
> is not set.
> So typical installation instructions for a Unix application look like
> this:
>       1. Click on this link to download.
>       2. Run a shell
>       3. type chmod +x file
>       4. Run
> Ideally, we want to avoid this problem in GNOME, and we just want
> executables to just work.  As they do in Windows.  
> So I would like to suggest that we set this bit manually if the user
> double clicks on a file that happens to have an a.out or ELF
> signature.  Maybe we could popup a warning or something, but the
> result should be that files downloaded in this way would just work.
> Comments?
> Miguel.
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