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Re: HTTP/CGI Backup interface w/Perl

by sauoq (Abbot)
on Jun 10, 2003 at 00:03 UTC ( #264495=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to HTTP/CGI Backup interface w/Perl

#!/usr/bin/perl $|++; my @files = qw( /home/sauoq ); print "Content-type: application/x-tar\n\n"; system( "tar cvf - @files" );
"My two cents aren't worth a dime.";

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Re: Re: HTTP/CGI Backup interface w/Perl
by dash2 (Hermit) on Jun 10, 2003 at 00:21 UTC
    Yup. Don't do anything silly like system("tar cvf - $my_user_input_from_a_form");, unless you want to hand out tar files of your server's passwords, though.


      This is very good advice and I was remiss in not noting such myself. That said, you should also know that, if you did so, you might risk a whole lot worse than the loss of your password file. It would permit a user to run any arbitrary command on your system with privileges the same as those that the cgi script runs with.

      Know the risks, understand the issues, and use the -T option to help you catch dangerous code.

      "My two cents aren't worth a dime.";

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