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Comment: Re:That's just sad. (Score 1) 72

by Bruce Cran (#35110056) Attached to: Adobe's Reader X Spoils New PDF Attack

It appears it's a useful feature because many applications allow commands to be embedded in documents - even ones you might not expect, like vim. From FreeBSD's pkg-message for editors/vim:

SECURITY NOTE: The VIM software has had several remote vulnerabilities
discovered within VIM's modeline support. It allowed remote attackers to
execute arbitrary code as the user running VIM. All known problems
have been fixed, but the FreeBSD Security Team advises that VIM users
use 'set nomodeline' in ~/.vimrc to avoid the possibility of trojaned
text files.

Comment: Re:Defrag the hard drive? (Score 3, Informative) 534

by Bruce Cran (#26084337) Attached to: Performance Tests Show Early Windows 7 Build Beats Vista
NTFS is supposed to be more resistant to fragmentation than FAT, and I'm not sure it actively needs defragmented. However people have become so used to it from previous versions of Windows that it's something Microsoft have to provide - there was even an outcry over the fact that Vista's defrag utility didn't provide a detailed progress dialog to let people see how much improvement was being made.

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