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    Attaching BAS files

    Not a complaint, honest, but a puzzlement.

    Yet again I forgot that BAS files as attachments are perceived as dangerous, yet DOC and DOT are not perceived as dangerous.

    I've read the thread which resulted from a search for "bas attach", and can agree with all the sentiments there. No arguments yet. I'm not unhappy.

    I'm puzzled.

    If I accept the argument that on some systems a BAS might be executable (presumably by a double-click within File Explorer), then so much more must I accept that a DOC/DOT is executable.

    On the other hand, if a Doc/Dot is not as critical as i would have thought, then how much less critical ought a Bas to be?

    I'd love for the BAS restriction to be lifted, and I think it is #3,127 on Claude's list, God bless him, and I'm not complaining, honest. I ought to remember by now, and it's no big deal saying "darn!", clicking Back and then Attach etc. The lounge is my home, and if it weren't for lack of facilities for a kitty tray, I'd move right in, 24/7, but, well, Jupiter you see....


    I am interested in the logic that suggests that BAS is a bigger threat than Doc/Dot, and would love amplification on this issue.

    Again, this is not a plea for change, I'm happy, but puzzled; very very puzzled.

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    Re: Attaching BAS files

    Take the puzzlement bypass, and rename the highly dangerous .BAS file to become a wimpy .TXT file, which doesn't harm anyone!

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    Re: Attaching BAS files

    > BAS file to become a wimpy .TXT file, which doesn't harm anyone

    I know that, John, and thanks, but what's behind the logic that suggests that "'Bas is more dangerous than Dot"?

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    Re: Attaching BAS files

    I the receiver have MORE control over a doc or dot with the built in protection in Office. As for bas files, if one does NOT have the default set to open in a text editor it WILL execute.

    Is that enough logic?

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    Re: Attaching BAS files

    > the built in protection in Office

    That makes sense. Bingo! It's not really to do with the extent after all - it's to do with the selective protection of MS.

    MSoffice protects us against malicious attacks via MSOffice documents (DOC, DOT, XLS etc.) but Windows in general doesn't protect us against malicious Visual Studio documents (BAS, FRM etc).

    How am I doing?

    The logic was bugging the bejasus out of me; I see BAS as significantly less harmless than DOC (puts on thinking cap and tries to remember if a BAS was auto-executable under DOS .....)

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    Re: Attaching BAS files

    A minor point - DOCs are allowed, DOTs are not. I still appreciate your argument (makes sense to me), but then why the distinction between DOT & DOC if Office gives us protection for both?

    Again, it's the logic that's puzzling me.

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    Re: Attaching BAS files

    Both can contain code, but templates are more like to? Don't keep picking at it, Chris. The rule isn't going to be changed merely because you feel inconvenienced. We have to make the attachments as harmless as possible to protect the Lounge from liability, if from nothing else. Be glad that I don't have my way, because in that case, zipped attachments would be an absolute requirement, regardless of size or file type. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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    Re: Attaching BAS files

    CG> Not a complaint, honest, but a puzzlement.
    "The rule isn't going to be changed"

    I'm not ASKING for the rule to be changed. The rule is but a minor inconvenience.

    I'm asking to understand the logic. It's the logic that interests me, not the implementation of the logic.

    If you go back through the thread you'll see that so far, only <!post=DaveA ,Post: 447960>DaveA <!/post>has responded to my query. Everyone else seems to assume that I'm asking that the rule be changed. I'm not. I'm trying to understand the logic behind it.

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    Re: Attaching BAS files

    Chris,

    A lot of the rules have history rather than logic. This is a totally different discipline and would require examination of evidence that it is generally no longer available.

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