It's possible to convert a pdf to an image on the webserver to aid with
the problem. Wouldn't be a completely proof solution, but would help.

If this seems like it would be urgently need, I can spend some time on

Best Regards, Martin Owens

On Wed, 2018-03-07 at 18:30 -0700, brynn wrote:
> Hi Fellow Moderators!
>         Welcome to our newest moderator, Abdur-Rahmaan
> Janhangeer.  Now with 6 
> moderators, 3 of which are able visit on almost daily basis, I'm
> starting to 
> feel like the system is really able to meet its potential.
>         (Fyi Everyone, JAKE is now Panda.)
>         I'd also like to discuss a moderation issue regarding
> PDFs.  There was a 
> recent image, I think it was the map of Europe, uploaded as a
> PDF.  One comment 
> which was posted, along with a vote to delete, was "pdf can contain
> viruses or 
> get your ip on opening".
>         While I understand that potentially can happen, PDF is an
> acceptable 
> format for uploaded resources (whether image or text) in the
> gallery.  So we 
> can't delete them only because they are PDFs.
>         However, since their contents are not displayed, we must open
> them, to 
> find out if they meet the CoC guidlines.  What would be the best way
> to get a 
> look at the contents, without risking our  personal privacy and/or
> security?
>         I'm thinking we should download and run our local security
> scans, before 
> opening.  (Or I suppose there are some free online scanners.  Don't
> have any 
> links right offhand though.)  Does anyone know of a better,
> possibly  less time 
> consuming (and memory eating) way to get a safe look at the contents?
> All best,
> brynn 

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