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WIN XPSP2 - is this a possible way to hack?
From: "Gregh" <chows () ozemail com au>
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 2004 08:29:42 +1000
Just noticed this one by accident.
I had downloaded, some days back, a file to install a program that I hadn't gotten around to setting up. The file was
named "setup.exe" and sat on my desktop. I had been getting errors with another already installed program so decided to
uninstall it and install it again to cure that. When I attempted to install the other program which I had named
"this.exe", by simply double clicking on it, the program named "setup.exe" (which is an innocent program, BTW) started.
This doesn't happen on every occasion but it occurred to me if "setup.exe" was invisible on my desktop and deleted
itself after it had been run and had been put there by someone wanting to install something else on my machine, that I
could have just clicked "next" repeatedly and ended up installing the wrong program.
As most of you know, clicking "next" and installing without reading is about what most normal users do.
Is this thing of "setup.exe" sometimes taking over a NORMAL thing from MS?
Note that I tried it with several other programs and it seems dependant on the way the individual program setup is
configured as to whether the file "setup.exe" takes over where it shouldn't be or not.
Whatever, it seems a great way to install things on XPSP2 machines that shouldn't be there.
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Re: WIN XPSP2 - is this a possible way to hack? James Tucker (Oct 13)