Security issue with .desktop files revisited

Lennon Cook maguswizardo at
Sat Mar 25 01:21:32 EET 2006

On 3/25/06, Mike Hearn <mike at> wrote:
> What QA process? This is supposed to stop viruses that work by tricking
> the user into thinking they're a different type of file than they really
> are, as we've seen happen on Windows and MacOS X.
Sorry, misunderstood - I was thinking that a) it would be unlikely to
have only a .desktop file up for download, and b) therefore, this
would apply to installed apps (most likely via the distro), which one
hopes would go through QA. Sorry for the noise.

Lennon Victor Cook
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