That preference allows the Mac to automatically open “safe” files after downloading them. So-called safe files include movies, pictures, sounds, PDF and text documents, disk images and other archives.
If a shell script is renamed to appear as a “safe” extension to Safari, systems that have this preference turned on can automatically execute the script — and this can be exploited by someone with malicious intentions, according to Secunia.
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