RFI: [LINK] The ZIP email and the PDF email
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Mon Jul 2 12:45:03 EST 2007
At 12:26 +1000 2/7/07, Rick Welykochy wrote:
>I have been receiving two or three emails per days for months now
>that contain a ZIP file attachment. ...
>Now I am seeing a similar number of emails with a PDF attachment. ...
I've always assumed that:
(1) the squillions of .zip attachments to spam (and the recent trickle
of .pdf attachments) contain .exe content mis-labelled; and
(2) those machines with settings that allow auto-invocation of
attachments process them based on what they contain, rather
than on what the suffix says they're supposed to contain.
But, in my ignorance and laziness, I've never actually checked how
the various (mal)configured Windows environments actually work.
From what Rick's saying, have I been wrong? i.e. does the suffix
actually determine what Windows environments do with incoming
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