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### Re: UGU file rename script (GOLF?)

by myocom (Deacon)
 on Jul 20, 2001 at 00:08 UTC ( #98219=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to UGU file rename script (GOLF?)

While you're golfing, you might want to add the tiniest bit of security, for heaven's sake. String eval is a potentially very bad thing.

rename 'rm -rf /' foo

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Re: Re: UGU file rename script (GOLF?)
by chipmunk (Parson) on Jul 20, 2001 at 01:37 UTC
rm -rf / in an eval would execute rm with the user's own permissions. If the user can run rename 'rm -rf /' on the command line, they could just as easily run rm -rf / directly.

In other words, as long as you don't do something foolish like make the rename script setuid or create a web interface to it, I would argue that this script has no inherent security issues.

I understand that it would execute rm with the user's own permissions. And that may not be a problem for this particular application (though I would never deploy it on *my* network).

I'm more concerned that this sort of code will get passed on to a different application (cargo-cult style), where security *does* matter. To my thinking, there should at least be a comment about security in there by the eval.

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