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Definition Edit

File association is the

mapping between a file extension and the software that attempts to run files with that extension.[1]

Computer security Edit

Although file associations are a convenient feature, they also pose some risk. For example, if a person accidentally double-clicks on a piece of malware, it is likely that the malware will be executed and attempt to infect the computer because of [the operating system’s] default file associations. To prevent this, users should consider changing the default file associations for files that are most likely to be used for malicious purposes and least likely to be used for legitimate purposes.[2]

References Edit

  1. NIST Special Publication 800-69, at 3-12.
  2. Id.

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