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Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:55:42 -0700
From: Michal Zalewski <>
To: defensecode <>
Cc: "" <>
Subject: Re: [FD] Back To The Future: Unix Wildcards Gone Wild

> We wanted to inform all major *nix distributions via our responsible
> disclosure policy about this problem before posting it

I'm not sure how to put it mildly, but I think you might have been
scooped on this some 1-2 decades ago...

Off the top of my head, there's a rant about this behavior in "The
Unix-Haters Handbook", and there are several highly detailed articles
by David Wheeler published over the years (e.g.,

Yup, it's a counterintuitive behavior that leads to security problems.
The odds of changing the semantics at this point are very slim. Other
operating systems have their own idiosyncrasies in this area - for
example, Windows it not a lot better with parameter splitting and
special filenames.


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