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Is it a violation of EE's Terms of Use to upload an EXE file with a different file extension?

EE's Terms of Use state that any activity that violates "site security" is strictly prohibited (Article 6., Code of Conduct, Section p.).

Arguably, one element of EE's "site security" is not to allow uploading of EXE files, as they present an obvious danger for malware. Of course, DOCX, XLSX, and any file type that supports macros can be dangerous, but EE allows those.

Since EE specifically bans uploading of EXE files, is it a breach of the Terms of Use to do an end-around on that by uploading an EXE under a different file extension, thereby bypassing the site's check for an EXE file (and telling the member in a comment to rename the downloaded file to an EXE)? If EE is going to allow that disingenuous practice, it may as well allow the uploading of EXE files. Regards, Joe
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Rob Jurd2019-07-20 03:36 AMID: 2483091
Hi Joe,

Really good question and it has come up in the past.  Jim has hit the nail on the head and we've talked this over with the mods and Craig in the past and we really can't say it better than Jim has put it.  It's not an issue unless there's malintent.

Cheers,
Rob
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Joe Winograd2019-07-20 08:51 AMID: 2483124
Hi Rob,
As one of TPTB, thanks for the clarification. So, when I post an EXE here, I will give it a file extension of XXX (which works...I tested it) with a comment something like this:
The attached Filename.XXX is really an EXE file. After downloading it, change the file extension from XXX to EXE. Note that Experts Exchange permits uploading an EXE file (as long as it is non-malicious, which, of course, this one is), but the file extension of the uploaded file must not be EXE (hence, the XXX technique).
Let me know if you think that is adequate or if you prefer some different language. Thanks, Joe
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bsod2019-07-20 11:13 AMID: 2483152
I will give it a file extension of XXX

Nope, porn uploads are not allowed.   ;-)
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Joe Winograd2019-07-20 11:39 AMID: 2483154
Well, bsod, I know from your smiley that you're kidding, but that's actually not a bad thought. Maybe xyz is better (tested...works). Regards, Joe
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krakatoa2019-07-21 05:33 AMID: 2483199
Giving a file a misleading extension is more 'dangerous' than simply posting it as a true .exe and adding a caveat if needbe. If malign actions are proscribed anyway, what is there to lose by being upfront?
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Rob Jurd2019-07-22 05:30 PMID: 2483337
@krakatoa,

Good point and I will discuss with the team regarding the blacklist.

Rob
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