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Re: Image mode

From: Lennart Borgman (gmail)
Subject: Re: Image mode
Date: Tue, 06 Feb 2007 01:29:40 +0100
User-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/20061207 Thunderbird/ Mnenhy/

Richard Stallman wrote:

That is an interesting point.  Is it safe for firefox, and for eog or
qiv, to display a file without checking it?  If so, why in practice is
it safe?

The answer can't be "Because people check every JPG file before they
try to display it using eog or qiv or firefox."  I don't -- I would
not know how.  And I am sure most other users would not know how to

So what is it in practice that prevents this from being a common way
for viruses to be introduced?

That the image libraries are updated. Firefox updates itself or tells the user push a button to update Firefox whenever the authors of Firefox finds and fixes a security bug.

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