.desktop files, serious security hole, virus-friendliness

Thiago Macieira thiago at kde.org
Mon Apr 3 20:03:32 EEST 2006

Benedikt Meurer wrote:
>I'd propose to optionally include a digital signature for the Exec field
>(i.e. add an ExecSignature field to the spec) and let the file manager
>ask the user whether he/she trusts the signee or popup a warning if no
>signature is present. Distributions should then ship with a good default
>set of trusted certificates (i.e. for Gnome, KDE, Xfce, etc.), so users
>shouldn't see the warning unless they're trying to execute a
>virus.desktop or a .desktop file whose signee is not yet in the trustdb.

[I'm not trying to shoot your idea down; I'm just raising some discussion 

How would this work for user-created files? Should the desktop 
automatically sign the files? Should we require each and every user to 
have a GPG key?

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