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Re: (FWD) Load external content? message seems inappropriate
On Sat, Oct 31, 2009 at 07:23:24AM -0400, downie - wrote:
> > Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2009 01:17:13 -0400
> > From: arma@xxxxxxx
> > To: or-talk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > Subject: (FWD) Load external content? message seems inappropriate
> > [Forwarding to the list since this address isn't subscribed.
> > My first question is: what is the content-type header provided by the
> > webserver? Perhaps it was something that your browser recognized and
> > thought it couldn't display by itself?
> > My second thought is: this might be a Torbutton bug, and might want
> > to go into bugs.torproject.org.
> > --Roger]
> > ----- Forwarded message from owner-or-talk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx -----
> > Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 21:11:52 -0500
> > Subject: Load external content? message seems inappropriate
> > From: Thomas Anderson <zelnaga@xxxxxxxxx>
> > To: or-talk@xxxxxxxx
> > I was playing around with Tor Browser to see what it was like and
> > tried to download a small 1mb file from a server of mine. In the
> > process, I got the following message:
> > ---------------------
> > An external application is needed to handle:
> > http://domain.tld/path/to/my/file.ext
> > NOTE: External applications are NOT Tor safe by default and can unmask
> > ---------------------
> > My question is... why is an external package being loaded? All I
> > want to do is to download a file via HTTP to my hard drive. I don't
> > want to open it up in whatever application would be appropriate and
> > even if I did, it's not as if that application would be the one that
> > downloads the file - Tor Browser would still download it and just
> > place it in the Windows temporary directory or where ever.
> > All in all, the message seems inappropriate. Sure, if I was
> > downloading, say, an *.exe, that *.exe might connect me to the
> > internet, but even then, the message seems misleading, since, at that
> > point, it's not that an external package is needed to handle the file
> > so much as the file *is* an external package.
> > ----- End forwarded message -----
> This is a Torbutton message. Your operating system might automatically
> open a downloaded file with another application - which might in turn
> connect to the internet directly.
> Since Torbutton has no way of knowing what your OS is set up to do, it's
> an appropriate warning.
That happens to me when downloading a file from Sourceforge
with Torbutton 1.2.2 and Firefox 3.5.4.
It asks the question above and when i click to Launch External Application
Firefox shows the Opening dialog with only the Save or Cancel available.
Perhaps launching a (new in Firefox 3.5) download worker thread
looks like launching an external application.
The Content-Type header i saw trying this twice was application/octet-stream.
but i also got application/rar a bunch of times.
I tried downloading a .exe file and the header was application/x-msdos-program.
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