Moderated Re: A powerful JAWS flaw I have found

Dave Durber

You cannot have 2 files in the same folder with the same name. This has always been the case, no matter what the operating system.

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Sent: Friday, May 8, 2020 4:47 PM
Subject: Re: A powerful JAWS flaw I have found



There is absolutely no way that two identical file names can exist in a single windows directory.

However, that being said:

You could have a file called jaws.exe and a file called JAWS.exe

Note, the second one is all capital letters.

However, even at that, you should be able to tell jaws, which app you are using. Even if the .exe file is called the same name, the app should be called something else.



From: [] On Behalf Of Sieghard Weitzel
Sent: Friday 8 May 2020 15:43
Subject: Re: A powerful JAWS flaw I have found


And how can two file names be exactly the same? Do you have an example?


From: <> On Behalf Of Arkadiusz Swietnicki
Sent: Friday, May 8, 2020 2:36 AM
Subject: A powerful JAWS flaw I have found



As many of you probably know, JAWS identifies individual applications by their file name. This method is used to load script filers, configurations and so on. However what if we have two applications with the same file name? A wrong scripts and configurations will be loaded leading to some serious errors!

My suggestion therefore is to use the manifest as the identifier of the individual application, and fallback to the file name only when strictly necessary (no Manifest  present).

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