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#1 rp88

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Posted 15 December 2014 - 07:40 AM

Quick question, when you receive an attachment to an email in gmail(the web browser interface) and "open" it by clicking on it so it appears within gmail (gmail has the ability to display pdf, word and powerpoint documents in a google drive based viewer rather than requiring users to download the attachment then open it in the relevant program) can it execute scripts and code? Because of the way gmail shows attachments within the browser does this mean that viruses cannot be delivered through attachments unless you open them in the program they were meant for? Is this type of "opening" safer in any way than normal "download and then open from file explorer with the relevant program" opening?

This image (not mine) shows the type of "opening" i am talking about, in this exmaple it is opening an image but it can open word (.doc or .docx) pdf and powerpoint files the same way.
https://ssl-proxy-updated.herokuapp.com/fa6dc48290d6489fabd6090e008b3a2cac50f0fd/687474703a2f2f332e62702e626c6f6773706f742e636f6d2f2d47594432714544594d41672f556f46396c78725a3976492f4141414141414141424b412f3342476771485476704f382f73313630302f4174746163686d656e74322e706e67/

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Edited by rp88, 15 December 2014 - 07:42 AM.

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Posted 29 December 2014 - 06:12 PM

Has anyone got thoughts on this? Thanks
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Posted 30 December 2014 - 06:26 AM

This Google Support article may be helpful...Anti-virus scanning attachments.


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