Whitelisting file types

Julian Field jkf at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Wed Dec 14 19:31:22 GMT 2005

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Kevin Miller wrote:

>Julian Field wrote:
>>It would just be in addition to what there is now. It would make it a
>>lot easier to configure (partic via web interface) as there would be
>>straightforward rulesets to configure allowed+denied filenames and
>>filetypes. It's basically for that market. The existing stuff would be
>>parsed as it is now.
>So, just to be clear, it wouldn't focus on extensions like the current
>filename rules do now, but would rather be a place where one could add
>in a specific full file name like 'FileFromCorporateHQ.exe' where you
>could whitelist an otherwise banned file? (Or block otherwise allowed
It would be regexps, so you could put in anything.

>I take it that the file wouldn't restrict entries to a regex - i.e.,
>mere mortals could enter a vanilla filename and it would be dealt with
A valid filename is more or less a valid regexp anyway (bar the "."s)

>I think that would be a handy feature for receiving program updates from
>venders and such.  Nobody seems to know how to use ftp anymore.  Sigh...

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Julian Field                Teaching Systems Manager
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