[tex-live] Status of restricted \write18 and epstopdf conversion
mpg at elzevir.fr
Sun Oct 18 22:04:31 CEST 2009
Manuel Pégourié-Gonnard a écrit :
>> There is a couple of quirks on Windows. Relative paths on other
>> drives (like "c:dir/file") are allowed.
By the way, I'm surprised. According to my tests, those were catched by
the file_name_is_absolute() test. Anyway, I agree that we should forbid
':' for the sake of alternate data streams, so it doesn't matter.
> But I'm thinking it would probably be better to use the list form of
> system() so that we avoid to call a shell at all, to really prevent
After a night's thinking, I didn't change my mind. Trying to trap every
possibly abusable shell special character is nearly impossible,
especially on windows, were quoting is so weird. In the latest version:
I applied your patch and changed the way we call GS in order to avoid
calling a shell (or a cmd.exe). This way, command-line injection is
definitely not possible.
The bad side is, this form of pipe open doesn't work on windows  so I
decided to use a temporary file here. According to my tests and
File::Temp's documentation, the temporary file is correctly removed when
the script finishes.
Since this is quite an important implementation change, testing
(especially on windows/cygwin) is very welcome.
 There is a workaround documented in perlfork. Unfortunately it
doesn't work with the Perl version we ship. It works however with Perl
5.10.0 from strawberry Perl, according to my tests.
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