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Subject: security issues from the p5ee mailing list
Date: Tue, 26 Nov 2002 16:26:13 -0700 From: Rob Nagler <> Subject: Re: implementing a set of queue-processing servers To: I looked briefly at, because it seems to have something to do with security. I came up with a few questions which weren't easily resolved. There are probably good answers to all my questions, but I'm a fairly experienced programmer and my casual observations didn't find them. I wouldn't find easy answers for Apache either, but I *trust* Apache from its reputation alone. That's the best I can do, and that's what I've been arguing about. Anyway, here's a quick list: -d $heap->{Dir} || mkdir $heap->{Dir},0755; Is $heap->{Dir} supposed to be readable by everybody? What is $head->{Dir}? Will it contain data from the heap on disk? What if there's a clear text password in the heap? open FILE,">>$heap->{File}" or croak qq($heap->{_type} could not open '>>$heap->{File}'.); This contains a small error: there should always be a space after ">". unlink "$heap->{Dir}/$href->{user_name}" if $href->{new_user_name}; What if $heap->{Dir} is misconfigured and set to /var/mail? Is POE running as root? sub poco_userbase_update { my $heap = $_[HEAP]; my $protocol = $heap->{Protocol}; my %params = splice @_,ARG0; for($heap->{Cipher}) { $_ is set, and it isn't local($_). This is a problem, because other code gets values. Always use lexically scoped variables. Dynamically scoped variables are a major source of unexpected behavior. Nit: Barewords are bad imiho. ARG0 and HEAP should be subroutines or methods. my $stm = <<_EOSTM_; delete from $heap->{Table} where $heap->{UserColumn} = '$href->{user_name}' _EOSTM_ $stm .= qq[ and $heap->{DomainColumn} = '$href->{domain}'] if $href->{domain}; This is naive SQL. What if the user_name or domain has a ' in it? What if it contains arbitrary code such as: dontcare' OR user_name like '% Bad news. Use '?' for all arguments except constants. The result isn't checked to see how many records were deleted either.

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