Bug 464510 - gjots2 uses un-escaped gpg pass-phrase in shell command(s)
gjots2 uses un-escaped gpg pass-phrase in shell command(s)
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gjots2 (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Radek Vokal
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-09-29 09:57 EDT by Steven Bakker
Modified: 2009-01-14 22:06 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2008-11-07 07:50:30 EST
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Description Steven Bakker 2008-09-29 09:57:13 EDT
Description of problem:

When trying to open a gpg encrypted file with gjots2, the program asks for a passphrase and subsequently uses the (unescaped) answer in a popen() command line:

   f = os.popen("echo " + self.gui.password + " | gpg ...");

(lines 310 and 313 of lib/file.py)

This can cause errors from the shell if the actual pass-phrase contains shell meta-characters and can lead to unintentional side-effects.

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Steps to Reproduce:
1. Use gjots2 to open a gpg encrypted file.
2. In the password dialog, enter: ;touch /tmp/U-R-HACKED;echo

Actual results:

There is now a file U-R-HACKED in /tmp.

Expected results:

No side effects.

Additional info:

This is in lib/file.py in the source distribution around lines 310 and 313. I don't know enough Python to suggest a good fix for this.

It's probably not so much a security issue as a possibly nasty bug. If my password contains a single quote, or a "$", or any other shell meta-character, I will not be able to decrypt my file.

No idea if this has been fixed in 2.3.7 (which is the latest version).
Comment 1 Bob Hepple 2008-11-07 03:03:28 EST
fixed in 2.3.8
Comment 2 Fedora Update System 2009-01-09 04:56:26 EST
gjots2-2.3.8-1.fc10 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 10.
Comment 3 Fedora Update System 2009-01-14 22:06:51 EST
gjots2-2.3.8-1.fc10 has been pushed to the Fedora 10 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

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