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Daily Archives: March 17, 2019

  • Just don’t use WinRAR, OK?

    Posted on March 17th, 2019 at 10:35 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’ve been trying to avoid this topic, but it now appears to be engulfing the blogosphere.

    If you use WinRAR, you were suckered. I’ve never recommended it. But if for some reason you’ve installed it — or even paid for it — uninstall it and get something worthwhile (and free!) like 7-Zip or one of a dozen alternatives.

    @mn- posted about WinRAR’s security problems back in February, when they were discovered and disclosed. Martin Brinkmann had thorough coverage on ghacks. It all has to do with an ancient archiving format called ACE, and the “19-year-old” security hole is being exploited right now. McAfee says they’ve found “over 100 unique exploits and counting,” but I think they’re double-dipping. Catalin Cimpanu on ZDNet has a recent accounting.

    Tempest, meet teapot. But if you have WinRAR for some bizarre reason, get rid of it.