[Pidgin] #15211: Misleading links in chats

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Wed Jul 11 17:09:02 EDT 2012

#15211: Misleading links in chats
 Reporter:  bur           |     Owner:  rekkanoryo
     Type:  enhancement   |    Status:  new       
Component:  unclassified  |   Version:  2.10.6    
 Keywords:                |  
 It is possible to insert a link in a chat where the text of the link looks
 like an URL. For example click on Insert -> Link and type URL
 http://badsite.example.com, Description: http://www.google.com

 This will cause people to believe they visit google while actually they
 will open a potentially harmful site.

 I know this is the same behaviour as any webbrowser shows. Also a popup
 shows the actual destination of the link.

 But I tried this with several buddies and they all fell for it. Apparently
 people don't expect this to happen in an IM program. Admittedly even I
 fell for it when someone tried it on me.

 It's no disadvantage if Pidgin would reject descriptions that are
 formatted as an URL. Normally this isn't needed but it can easily be

Ticket URL: <http://developer.pidgin.im/ticket/15211>
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