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Safe Terminal fixes a security weakness with Mac OS X Terminal utility, when it execute shell scripts without the user confirmation.

If Safari "Open safe files after download" is enabled, its possible to create malicious shell scripts that will be executed by the Terminal automatically after you download them. It is also possible to create malicious shell scripts that look like a document or a folder, that will be executed by Terminal on double click without warning.

After Safe Terminal is installed, the Terminal utility will show an alert before executing a shell script, allowing the user to confirm or cancel. The more...

What's New

Version 0.3:
  • Show an alert before executing a shell script.
  • test.command display also a text message.
  • Improved documentation.


Mac OS X 10.3 and later.

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Hendrik Hero Hamlet Wouters Member IconReview+1
Hendrik Hero Hamlet Wouters

Ignoring all the delicacies of Safari (I use Camino) this app works perfectly to block terminal scripts in disguise.

How to disguise a terminal script as a Word file:
1). create script.command
2). rename to yourfilename.doc
3). 'get info' in finder, make it always open with terminal

this will get you a file that looks like a .doc, has the name of a .doc, and executes without warning when double-clicked.

Ezxept if this app is installed of course.

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Version 0.3
Hendrik Hero Hamlet Wouters

Oh, and relying on Terminal.app for your app is a really really bad practice*, that can easily be avoided. (Even with AppleScript)

*I hev been guilty of this myself, though. Sometimes we programmers can be extremely lazy :-D

Nir Soffer

This version (0.3) should not break software that rely on the terminal, it will only make be more annoying to use when you have to confirm the execution of the script.

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Downloads 2,850
Version Downloads 2,368
License Free
Date 26 Feb 2006
Platform OS X / PPC 32
Price Free
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