Safari automatically downloaded a file

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by msconvert, Feb 23, 2005.

  1. msconvert macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2004
    I was browsing tonight (with many tabs open so I don't know which is the offending site) and the safari download window popped up and started downloading a file called 'alternate.incl'. In a command window, I ran 'strings alternate.incl' and this is what I got.

    ;HTTP/1.1 200 OK
    Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2005 02:46:09 GMT
    Server: Apache/1.3.29
    Last-Modified: Wed, 22 Dec 2004 07:44:22 GMT
    ETag: "fbfdfa-ee-41c925d6"
    Accept-Ranges: bytes
    Content-Length: 238
    Keep-Alive: timeout=5, max=99
    Connection: Keep-Alive
    Content-Type: text/plain
    <p align="center">
    <a href="" target="_blank">
    <img src="" width="468" height="60" alt="Two audiobooks for FREE from Audible" border="0"></a>

    What bothers me is that the only thing that I did was to reload all of the open tabs and the download started. I just don't know if the file is malicious. Has anyone else experienced this? Is this just a poorly writting pop-up that failed?

    I can post a full copy of the file if needed.

  2. LimitedEdition macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2005
    I think this might be the reason:
    Content-Type: text/plain

    The context is actually HTML, but in the header the web server is telling Safari it is a text file. Since it is not HTML, Safari downloads it instead of displaying it. Bascially the web server is mis-configured.

    But don't worry about it being malicious, it is just downloading it, not opening it.
  3. msconvert thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2004
    I worry that won't always be that way. Thanks though. Just trying to keep on top of things.
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    MacOS X is not Windows. Not even executable files launch themselves following a download.

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