Last Comment Bug 750228 - Firefox should be configurable to always save windows executable files
: Firefox should be configurable to always save windows executable files
Status: NEW
: ux-userfeedback
Product: Firefox
Classification: Client Software
Component: File Handling (show other bugs)
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-- enhancement with 1 vote (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody; OK to take it and work on it
: :Paolo Amadini
: 945049 (view as bug list)
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Reported: 2012-04-30 05:42 PDT by Ronan Jouchet
Modified: 2013-12-10 06:44 PST (History)
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Graphical description and comparison of both prompts (29.66 KB, image/png)
2012-04-30 05:42 PDT, Ronan Jouchet
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Description User image Ronan Jouchet 2012-04-30 05:42:59 PDT
Created attachment 619531 [details]
Graphical description and comparison of both prompts

User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:14.0) Gecko/20120429 Firefox/14.0a2
Build ID: 20120429042006

Steps to reproduce:

Download an windows executable file (.exe), e.g.

Actual results:

Firefox always asks "would you like to save this file?" and, unlike other mimetypes, it is impossible to set a default behaviour for those.

Expected results:

I understand that, for security, it makes sense to handle .exe files specifically and forbid the user to "Automatically Open", but the user should be able to "Automatically Save".

In the current implementation it is impossible and, at each download, the user has to click "Save File", which adds friction, especially with the streamlined experience provided by the new in-chrome download manager.

Contrarily, .msi files (which can be just as dangerous as .exe files) can be set to be always downloaded, or even automatically opened.

Subject has been discussed on SuperUser, and a workaround has been proposed, but it doesn't work:
Comment 1 User image Manuela Muntean [Away] 2013-08-14 04:48:38 PDT
Thanks Ronan for the proposed enhancement!
Comment 2 User image KLB 2013-11-08 17:58:59 PST
I'd agree that the behavior here is inconsistent especially when it comes to EXE vs MSI. I'm not sure it is a good idea to allow autosave of EXE's but at the same time EXE and MSI files should be handled the same way.  Either both should force the "save" prompt every time or both should allow the user to choose a default behavior.
Comment 3 User image Paul Silaghi, QA [:pauly] 2013-12-10 05:45:29 PST
*** Bug 945049 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 4 User image merfius 2013-12-10 06:44:13 PST
Doing whatever they want with files should be user prerogative, EXE being no exception.

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