Opened 3 years ago

Closed 3 years ago

Last modified 14 months ago

#307 closed enhancement (wontfix)

Consider adding support for PDF inspection using peepdf

Reported by: lewisr Owned by:
Priority: minor Milestone: 1.4.0
Component: Backend Version: 1.3.6
Keywords: Cc:

Description (last modified by lewisr)

It would be useful to have the ability to scan PDFs for malicious content, with an option to scan before opening. This will become more important when we ultimately have JS support in Poppler, of course, but for now, like any other type of virus or malware scanning, it is mainly to ensure that we don't pass along bad stuff to others.

peepdf is a set of Python modules (with their own dependencies) to provide in-depth analysis of PDF documents. It would probably be advisable if peepdf and its dependencies (pyv8 and pylibemu) were added to the repo, here, and we utilize those modules. I have not thought through the implementation of this, however, so that will require some more careful planning.

Change History (4)

comment:1 Changed 3 years ago by lewisr

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comment:2 Changed 3 years ago by gyoung

Sorry since all the contaminated pdfs will be openly available and we have no obligation to keep people using inferior platforms safe, why should we waste our very limited programing resources on something like this? I doubt we will ever have JS support in poppler.

comment:3 Changed 3 years ago by lewisr

  • Resolution set to wontfix
  • Status changed from new to closed


I can't fault your reasoning, my friend, but it does happen that OS/2 is often in a mixed environment, with documents going around the office. Inferior or not, we should at least do what we can to not add to the pollution.

That said, your point is well taken, as is the crux of this: if 99% of the potentially malicious code in PDFs is JS, and if Poppler does not support JS, how could we risk the OS/2 system? I submit, then, that this is something to potentially revisit if and when Poppler supports JS, and the security concern is closer at hand.

comment:4 Changed 14 months ago by gyoung

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