filename extension (exe)?

Julian Field mailscanner at
Fri Nov 22 09:47:54 GMT 2002

At 21:05 21/11/2002, you wrote:
>On Thu, 21 Nov 2002 16:44:52 +0000 Julian Field
><mailscanner at ECS.SOTON.AC.UK> wrote:
> > At 16:12 21/11/2002, you wrote:
> > >Is there a reason why .exe extension filenames are not denied?  I
> notice the
> > >filenames file denies .bat, .cmd, .scr, etc... but not .exe.  Is there a
> > >particular reason for this?  Thanks.
> >
> > Feel free to add it. I originally hoped that people would customise that
> > file for their own site policy, it appears now that hardly anyone changes
> > my defaults :-)
>I suggest including it into filename.rules.conf, but commented out by default,
>then someone will not forget about it. And please include .com (banned by
>default) also, as the same viruses which use .scr and .pif use .com also.

I have added rules to stop .com and .exe by default. If people want to
comment them out, they are welcome to do so, but it probably is better to
ban them on most sites.
Julian Field                Teaching Systems Manager
jkf at         Dept. of Electronics & Computer Science
Tel. 023 8059 2817          University of Southampton
                             Southampton SO17 1BJ

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