[tor-talk] An external application is needed...

nasuno nasunorahl at gmail.com
Sat Mar 10 09:19:20 UTC 2012

I always assumed that when I was getting this message it was because of a
compromised exit node.

On Sat, Mar 10, 2012 at 12:49 AM, bao song <michaelwprx at yahoo.com.au> wrote:

> Once upon a time, if one clicked on a non-html link (pdf, doc, etc.) one
> got the warning that opening the document might unmask one.
> This warning is clearly valid for some documents, because they
> automatically connect to web-based resources to download linked files and
> images without going through Tor.
> If, however, one right-clicked and selected 'download', no warning
> appeared, just the download dialogue box.
> Now, however, even if one right-clicks and selects 'download' the warning
> usually appears. In earlier versions of TBB, the warning was sporadic, with
> the TBB sometimes giving the warning, and sometimes giving the download
> dialogue box, but now the warning seems to be consistent: try to download
> any file, and TBB issues the warning that the user is about to open a file
> that could unmask the user.
> And I suppose there is some validity here: if one downloads a file with
> active links and then opens it, it may well automatically connect back and
> inform who, exactly, is viewing that file.
> I don't think Word or Adobe Reader automatically connect external links
> without warning the user, but I could be wrong.
> ***
> I would like to note that excessive security tends to convince the user
> that all security is excessive, until users just click 'Ignore' to every
> warning, so it is best if warning are limited to serious threats.
> So my question is: do Adobe Reader and Word document automatically connect
> to download images and links without going through Tor, or do they just
> display links that the users must activate to download the content and
> thereby expose themselves? And if they give such warnings, why does TBB
> warn users against downloading them?
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