Executable vs Binary

Shawn Iverson iversons at rushville.k12.in.us
Thu Apr 23 00:59:00 UTC 2015

I am having trouble getting MS to fire off on the embedded .dat file in the
provided .docx file.

Using file version 5.11....

When I run file -i against it, I get the following

0000.dat: text/plain; charset=binary

My archives.filetype.rules.conf has the following:

deny    executable      No executables          No programs allowed

On Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 3:45 PM, Jerry Benton <jerry.benton at mailborder.com>

> Has anyone dealt with this? I can’t decide if I should mod the source or
> just change the configs:
> - Microsoft document comes through with some sort of dat file embedded.
> While MS see that dat file as text/plain, the character set is binary, so
> it nails it as an executable.
> - Allowing executables will allow the file.
> So, there’s the rub. Under the current code we have to allow executables
> for these “newer” types of Microsoft documents to get through. This isn’t
> restricted to just Microsoft. There are several other file formats that
> make MailScanner fire on this.
> Ideas?
> -
> Jerry Benton
> www.mailborder.com
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Shawn Iverson
Director of Technology
Rush County Schools
765-932-3901 x271
iversons at rushville.k12.in.us
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