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Re: perl -s is evil?

by blakem (Monsignor)
on Nov 15, 2001 at 05:52 UTC ( #125485=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to perl -s is evil?

Yes, -s is very bad, but I hadn't realized just how bad until you posted this.... Among the many globals that I could tweak with -s were $< $> $) and $( which should raise a huge security flag for anyone whos read perlvar. For instance, when saved as, and envoked as:

% ./ -\<=0 -\>=0 -\(=0 -\)=0

The following code might raise some eyebrows....

#! /usr/bin/perl -wsT use strict; print "\$) = ", $), "\n"; print "\$( = ", $(, "\n"; print "\$< = ", $<, "\n"; print "\$> = ", $>, "\n"; __END__ =head1 OUTPUT $) = 0 $( = 0 $< = 0 $> = 0
I don't think this actually gives the process any new powers, but it would allow someone to execute code that was only supposed to be invoked as root.

Oh, right. I should include the obligatory link to Getopt::Std and Getopt::Long for a much better way to handle command line options.


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Re: Re: perl -s is evil?
by belg4mit (Prior) on Nov 15, 2001 at 21:28 UTC
    Of course Getopt::* isn't actually a solution either. One could simply do perl -s ./ -\<=0 -\>=0 -\(=0 -\)=0

    But I agree it is disconcerting, though I wouldn't go so far as to call -s evil.

    -- perl -p -e "s/(?:\w);(<A HREF="/">st< +/A>)/'\$1/mg"

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