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Warn user when launching executable content from Download Manager

RESOLVED FIXED

Status

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Toolkit
Downloads API
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enhancement
RESOLVED FIXED
14 years ago
9 years ago

People

(Reporter: Paul Hardacre, Assigned: Ben Goodger (use ben at mozilla dot org for email))

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Description

14 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.6b) Gecko/20031203 Firebird/0.7+
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.6b) Gecko/20031203 Firebird/0.7+

With the old download windows, when you launched an executable file you got a
security warning saying that "This is an executable file and may contain a
virus, yada yada.. Do you want to continue?" With the new download manager this
no longer happens.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Download an executable file
2. Launch it from the download manager


Actual Results:  
Executable launched.

Expected Results:  
Popped up a security warning..
I thought this was already decided against.  No one reads dialogs because
there's too many.  Those who are concerned enough about security to read that
dialog are smart enough to know its an .exe, and those who don't care enough to
read it would open it even if they did.

Comment 2

14 years ago
When you download 30 porn movie clips from the same site, do you check the
extension of each one?  I don't.

Comment 3

14 years ago
I'm assuming that the reporter double clicked on the file in the DL manager to
open it (I can't find any other UI to do this). Request for "Launch" button to
be added is in bug 227435.

In any case, I agree that there should be some kind of notification when
launching any of the following on Windows at least (list not exhaustive):
[exe,bat,pif,scr,shs,com]. If this seems like annoying UI, just put a "Don't
bother me about this again" checkbox on the warning.

I'm marking this as an enhancement, because I think that's a fair description of
what this is, given Ben's focus here is also to minimise user thinking while
downloading.
Assignee: blake → bugs
Severity: normal → enhancement
Summary: No warning when launching executables. → RFE: Warn user when launching executable content from Download Manager

Comment 4

14 years ago
Reporter, the requested enhancement was apparently added to the trunk on
12/18/2003, according to The Burning Edge: http://www.squarefree.com/burningedge/ 
(see 2003-12-19 green box of Fixes.)

When a post-12/18 trunk build for WindowsXP is available in a few days, please
test again.

Comment 5

14 years ago
Confirming fix as per comment 4.
Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 14 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
Summary: RFE: Warn user when launching executable content from Download Manager → Warn user when launching executable content from Download Manager
Product: Firefox → Toolkit
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