With Leopard 10.5.1, Apple’s developers changed the default status of html files downloaded from the internet from ‘safe’ to ‘Unsafe’.
While this may make sense from a security standpoint, for somebody like me that processes hundreds of html files downloaded every day, it’s a big annoyance.
I filed a bug with Apple, asking for a workaround. I was hoping that they would implement a preference somehow to enable me to either override the default settings or allow me to specify trusted servers.
Tonight, three months later, I received an answer and the workaround that I was looking for.
I turned out that you could have a user specific file to override the system’s default settings. The file is not there normally, so you would need to create it. It is:
The contents of the file need to be:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd"> <plist version="1.0"> <dict> <key>LSRiskCategorySafe</key> <dict> <key>LSRiskCategoryContentTypes</key> <array> <string>public.html</string> <string>public.xml</string> <string>public.php-script</string> <string>com.microsoft.windows-media-wmv</string> </array> <key>LSRiskCategoryExtensions</key> <array> <string>xhtml</string> </array> </dict> </dict> </plist>
Hopefully that helps somebody else with this type of problem.
If you need to change the settings of other file types, here are the system-declared file types:
For each type you add another <string></string> item to the above array.
For example, for jpeg2000 files you add:
Right below the other <string> line in the first array.
To declare files by extension, you add:
Right below the other <string> line in the second array.
Update 2011-08-01: Safari 5.1.0 Ignores com.apple.DownloadAssessment.plist.