Fear Haunts Users of That Other OS

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Linux
Microsoft

It won’t go away. That other OS fools its users about the identification of files causing what looks like text or other innocent files to be executable… If ever there was a flaw in the design of an OS this is it.

This kind of problem has been around since the early days when that other OS invented the idea of identifying file types bye the “extension” of the file name. This was instantly open to abuse and new vulnerabilities arose each time more file-types appeared and the web included them as e-mail attachments. One of the horrible features of that other OS was that the file-manager actually hid the file-name extensions to avoid burdening users with that information.

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