Autoplay considered harmful

Steven Edwards winehacker at
Sat Feb 16 10:09:19 CST 2008

On Feb 16, 2008 8:58 AM, Dan Kegel <dank at> wrote:
> says that USB devices are being sold with infected
> autorun apps.  "If you plug in, you're already infected,"
> I'd say that's a pretty good argument for not supporting autoplay...

I was actually thinking about this today. The right method would be to
use HAL notification events to prompt the user if they want to autorun
when sticking a new cdrom in. There could even be warning text in the
dialog so that if it pops up with other device insertion, the user
would know that it could be a virus.

Steven Edwards

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