[Nottingham] Unknown (at least to me) message
fluf at freeshell.org
Sat Dec 27 11:55:41 UTC 2008
On Wed, 24 Dec 2008, ForkBombFluf wrote:
>> Ron Wilton wrote:
>>> When I open Firefox I get a dialogue box with the following message.
>>> Opening a.asc
>>> You have chosen to open
>>> which is a: PGP/MIME-encrypted message header
>>> from:...a file on my harddrive
>>> What should Firefox do with this file?
>>> What does this mean, and am I safe to open it?
<*snip* lots of stuff>
> What would cause Firefox to think it was a PGP/MIME-encrypted message
> header anyway? Sounds a bit like a lost e-mail...
I think I might have answered part of my question whilst going to download
a Knoppix dvd. In addition to downloading ISO and MD5 checksums, you can
also get a .ASC file, which contains a digital signature--containing Klaus
Knopper's PGP key in this case, intended to verify the authenticity of the
ISO as coming from him.
Why Firefox would want to "execute" such a file at startup, I'm still not
entirely sure, but if the file is indeed the same type as above, this
would explain why Firefox identified it the way it did.
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