Ability to open downloaded self-extracting archive .EXE files using an archive program




File Handling
13 years ago
12 years ago


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


Firefox Tracking Flags

(Not tracked)





13 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20041107 Firefox/1.0
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20041107 Firefox/1.0

Firefox does not properly handle self-extracting archives.   Understandably, you
don't want to carelessly execute an .EXE file.   However, self extracting
archives can normally be opened with archive programs such as FileRoller,
WinZip, power archiver, etc.    So, for all .EXE files, a valid option should be
to open with an archive tool.   This is also much safer than current behavior
where the user saves the file, clicks on it and it actually executes rather than
opening an archive tool.

As to the decision not to invoke .EXE files at all from within Firefox, that is
a rather dubious choice.    It is actually safer if you do open the file from
within firefox but only after reading the user the riot act than to download to
disk and let the user click on it without any warnings.  Actually, firefox will
invoke executable files if you click "open" in the download box but
unfortunately there is a box you can check which will suppress that warning in
the future and the warning is not harsh enough.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. click on url for self extracting archive


13 years ago
Severity: normal → enhancement
Summary: Improper handling of self extracting archives → Ability to open downloaded self-extracting archive .EXE files using an archive program
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Last Resolved: 12 years ago
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