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Wouter Schut [PersonRank 10]

Tuesday, October 31, 2006
14 years ago5,223 views

Where does "Learn more" lead to?

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

It leads to here:
mail.google.com/support/bin/an ...

DiGi [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

Nice... Stupid extension . exe passes to GMail, but email with regular clean .exe or .exe inside .zip is blocked... :-(

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Yup... just tested again, both exes sent to my Gmail and from my Gmail are blocked. Maybe Mr Lenssen has an update that we do not have?

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

no, no.

the file doesn't have the exe extension. it's something like:

cute_kitties.bmp.[space][space]exe

where instead of [space] it's a space

Wouter Schut [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Just use 7-zip for compression. Gmail isn't really handy if your a software developer.

Ponto [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

If you don't know how to rename the extension, you souldn't be sending / receiving EXEs on your mail.

Wouter Schut [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

A 7z archive is more self-describing. Just renaming an executable gives me the creepers somehow. And 7-zip compression is around twice as good as Zip, so that is a nice bonus.

Veky [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

I am a software developer (among other things:). And I really don't understand why software developers should email .exes around. On the contrary, if you _don't_ have access to the source code, you can feel compelled to send .exe.

DiGi [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

All that .exe blocking is stupid... You CAN save draft with .exe file, but you can't send it.
Images in emails can contain spam, or brutal (or pornographic) content. So, what's next? Block all images!

Wouter Schut [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

I just recently send a new version of software to deploy somewhere. There was no remote administration and it was simply to far away to do it myself.

Thomas Hofmann Online [PersonRank 2]

14 years ago #

Hello DiGi,

I think renaming exe-files in – let's say *.ex_ – is a practicable way if you want to send executable files to Gmail-adresses. Another way is surely to pack the exe file not with zip but another packer like WinRAR. I sended a exe file packed with WinRAR to a Gmail-account. It was not removed. In the case, I think they only want to save unexperienced Gmail-user from getting infected (and sending viruses from Gmail).

best greetings

DiGi [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

I know how to bypass GMail's block system, but it doesn't matter. If I want to send just self-extracting patch for computer amateur, I can't wan't from him to rename files... He can hardly press next next next finish.

Using another packer isn't solution too – because unpackers aren't so common as zip. Of course, If I must send files, I can use 7-Zip, free packer. It is usually better that WinRAR – but only 0,1% of my contacts know how to extract it.

btw: ICQ only wants too block infected messages too – and they just silently block ALL messages with http:// inside (since ICQ 5.1, messages from non-icq client). It is same stupidity as blocking "(zip).exe" files.

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