Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 173891
os.path.realpath can't handle symlink loops
Last modified: 2013-04-12 13:13:10 EDT
+++ This bug was initially created as a clone of Bug #173595 +++
Description of problem:
The problem is described in
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
See upstreams report
The problem is fixed in newer releases upstreams. The reason for this bug
report is that we need this fix in the python in RHEL3 and RHEL4, none of which
has the fix. In the case of RHEL4, it would probably be enough to upgrade
python to 2.3.5. For RHEL3, I guess a backport will be necessary.
-- Additional comment from firstname.lastname@example.org on 2005-11-22 04:10 EST --
Created an attachment (id=121334)
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Sat Jul 10 22:55:13 2004 UTC (16 months, 1 week ago) by bcannon
Changes since 1.66: +30 -6 lines
Diff to previous 1.66
posixpath.realpath() now detects symlink loops and returns the path just before
the loop starts.
Closes bug #930024. Thanks AM Kuchling.
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Sat Aug 14 15:01:53 2004 UTC (15 months, 1 week ago) by jlgijsbers
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Diff to previous 1.70
bug #990669: os.path.realpath() will resolve symlinks before normalizing the
path, as normalizing the path may alter the meaning of the path if it contains
Also add tests for infinite symlink loops and parent symlinks that need to be
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Fri Jun 3 14:24:43 2005 UTC (5 months, 2 weeks ago) by birkenfeld
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Bug #1213894: os.path.realpath didn't resolve symlinks that were the first
component of the path.
Created attachment 121336 [details]
The client is asking for an update on this issue and has asked why this was not
fixed in the latest update release.
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Fixed in python-2.3.4-14.4
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on the solution and/or where to find the updated files,
please follow the link below. You may reopen this bug report
if the solution does not work for you.
Unfortunately, the patch completely breaks correct operation of
os.path.realpath() in some scenarios:
Look at the existing symlink using ls:
$ ls -l /mnt/backup/hydrogen.gyanasoft.com/sequence/bkp.0
Ask Python about the symlink (python was run from the "backupplus" directory):
The correct Python result above should have been:
Note that this occurs in python-2.3.4-14.4, but does not occur in
python-2.4.3-19.el5 from RHEL5.
Any traction on this bug? I would have expected a new release with the bogus
patch backed out to be released ASAP...