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Changes to .zip file submissions that will affect you



I know some of you might already be aware of the changes that have happened if you have sent in help desk tickets about it, however for those of you who aren't yet aware; there has been a statement issued here -

Effectively, password protected zip files are no longer accepted on the site.

Matters Concerning ArchivesAs many of you know, archive file types represent a means to collect together a number of computer files and package them together for the purpose of backup, to transport them to some other location, or simply to compress them so that they take up less space. Many of you here in the deviantART community who offer stock resources, applications, themes and other desktop customization options are all very familiar with them and use them extensively, whether your file type of choice be .zip, .rar, or any one of another dozen options.
Depending on how regularly you submit and what sort of file type you use when you do so you may or may not have noticed a change- that change being that submissions with file types ending with .exe are no longer being accepted during the the submission process and if you've attempted to submit an archive file which was password protected you've noticed that those protected files are also being rejected during submission (alt


Whilst it is a huge disappointment that password protected zip files are no longer accepted, I would rather this be the case than to allow a potential access area for somebody to try and infect your computer by submitting what might look like a genuine stock pack or .exe file, and despite this being an inconvenience and what feels like a step back,  I'm sure you would all agree.

There are alternatives for submitting/sharing exclusive stock packs etc, including using your sta.sh for normal zip files as sta.sh is a private area, accessed only when you give out the sta.sh link of submitted - but unpublished work.
There are also various drop-boxes and hosting sites which might be worth investigating if you don't want to use sta.sh or your own hosting.

Just to be clear, NORMAL .ZIP files are unaffected.  This is ONLY a change affecting password protected zip files.

If you have any concerns or queries at all about this please contact the helpdesk directly!

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Changes to submission file types that affect stock and resources providers
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Ithildiel Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm...I can definitely understand the reasoning behind that decision, to be honest-very paranoid and cautious with zipfiles and viruses myself, as well!!Better safe than sorry and there're sure to be other ways to get those lovely stock packs uploaded and downloaded, as well!;)
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Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yep, I'd be devastated if I lost my computer or any of my files through a virus!
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Treeclimber-Stock Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You can always password protect a zip file, then put that zip into another zip file = easy bypass. Gmail will not allow executables in emails, even if zipped/rarred, BUT if you zip that .exe, and then zip that zipped file too, you can send it just fine.
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Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
I don't really recommend hiding files within files, thats not really in the spirit of what the site is trying to do and I suspect it still wouldn't work if the scan detects an encrypted file within another file.
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Treeclimber-Stock Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I didn't say it's what they're aiming for, or what you'd recommend, but it works nonetheless. Its a work-around geeks have been using for well over a decade now.
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Lost-N-Beauty Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
I am not sure I understand. Why just the password zips. A virus can be stashed in password free zips as well as password protected. All though maybe AVPs cant scan through locked zips??? And putting the password in would automatically open them. Is that the reason?
This doesn't affect me, but I do feel for those people who will not only have to change the way they have been doing things, but they will also have to go in and change the password protected zips that are already uploaded to D.A.
On the plus side, I do like D.A's look. Also thanks for all your hard work taking care of the stock section
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Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Currently uploaded password protected zips are fine and don't need to be edited or removed.
Normal zip files can be automatically scanned for viruses by both DA and by the user downloading them.
Password protecting zips makes it not possible for anti virus scanners to scan them, and DA wouldn't have access to the passwords, plus inputting and checking password protected zip files like that would be incredibly time consuming as it wouldn't be easy to create an automated system.
Even if you have the password for the zip and download it there is still a chance there could be viruses hidden in the file that you might not catch before you extract the zip.

We have alternatives that make the problem less of a nightmare like sta.sh etc our stock and resource providers are versatile and overcome most things to continue to provide work for artists to use :)
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CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can understand the reasoning for it honestly. It's better to be safe than sorry, especially when there have been those in the past that have tried to slip a virus in on some dA users. Honestly, between the Premium Content Option and my Sta.sh it doesn't bother me a bit. Those two have made my dA life so much easier. :D The PC option especially has made me a happy camper because now they don't have to wait on me to get the download. lol It was kind of tedious switching my exclusive stock all over, but I think the effort was well worth it. :D
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Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yup :nod: The thought of getting a virus on my comp makes me cringe! I'm glad sta.sh and PC is working out ok for you! :)
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SF01 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
What about RAR and other compression formats?
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