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Looks like a bug to me...
Authored by: lstewart on Apr 02, '01 06:12:20PM

I haven't tried this out for myself, but if it works this way, I have to agree with the previous comment: it sounds like a Microsoft-style security hole. I was thinking about why they would do such a thing, and the only *speculative* conclusion I could come to was the following:

Apple might use the same Cocoa-based RTF editing control in both TextEdit and Mail. This would explain why the text editor supports drag-and-drop "attachments." However, in both a TextEdit and a Mail context, it would seem that they ought to limit the control's ability to launch executable attachments--at least without warning users that the attachment may contain malicious code.

I guess maybe this security concern--executable attachments--didn't apply too much in the classic Mac world? Application files had two forks, and thus were rarely sent via email without first Stuffing them, or otherwise encoding them. (They usually had to be detached & decoded before they could actually execute, no?) That probably made it a bit harder for email viruses to propagate.

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Looks like a bug to me...
Authored by: dstewart on Apr 06, '01 05:19:12PM

Bug??? A bug like this in Microsoft? No way. It was a feature. In Windows 3.x, this was one of the methods of Object Linking and Embedding (OLE). You could package an object, like an app, into many forms of documents. There was even a program, the Object Packager, that assisted you with making packages. Of course, it was probably used 6 times. I don't think it's there any more.

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