Security issue with .desktop files revisited

Thiago Macieira thiago at
Tue Apr 11 09:40:33 EEST 2006

Joe Baker wrote:
>What about when the KDE desktop is deployed on top of a FAT32 filesystem
>which doesn't allow for UNIX style file attributes?  The desktop system
>introduced this vulnerability, it should close it within it's own

First of all, this doesn't work. I don't think KDE runs on top of FAT32 
since that filesystem is too limited (I think we require hardlinking). I 
might be wrong, though.

Second, as has been explained, if you can't have +x/-x security, 
then .desktop files aren't the problem. Scripts and other binaries will 
become executable too without user intervention. So we go back 
to .desktop and other executables being on the same boat.

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