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From: georg.moritz at topalis.com (Georg Moritz)
Subject: [Cert-lists] Re: Re: Gaim festival plugin
 exploit

Cael Abal wrote:
>>DUH... would help if I attached my attachment.
>>
>>I am right proud of myself for this, and it also needs mention to
>>address the security issue that our friend Error (is that a reference to
>>Zelda 2?) raised.
>> 
>>Attached, find the latest reissue of the Gaim festival plugin.  The guy
>>that wrote it, wrote it for pre-0.68 Perl API, but it was secure against
>>the sort of attack that Error described.  I have since taken it and
>>recoded it to work with post-0.68 versions of Gaim.  It is attached.  By
>>all means, if you see an exploitable bug in there, let me know!  I'm
>>just a perl-tot..
> 
> 
> Hi Brian,
> 
> This updated version is still vulnerable.  You should be *very* wary of 
> any call to system() or fork().  Consider this input:
> 
> "This is only a test && rm -rf /"
> 
> Notice that ';' isn't the only way to inject into a commandline.
> 
> Cheers,
> 
> Cael

One way of safely passing input without need of untainting data:

$pid = open(OUT,"| artsdsp festival -b --tts");
if($pid) {
    print OUT "$sendername said, $message";
    close OUT;
    waitpid($pid,0);
} else {
    # handle error
}

This way "$sendername said, $message" goes right into STDIN of artsdsp
without being parsed by the shell. But then, artsdsp gets bogus input..

You might want to check 'man perlsec', 'perldoc -f open'

greetings,
Georg
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