Bug 4825 - logrotate doesn't quote shell constructs in filenames
logrotate doesn't quote shell constructs in filenames
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: logrotate (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Preston Brown
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Reported: 1999-09-01 08:40 EDT by carlo
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-09-24 14:25:08 EDT
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Description carlo 1999-09-01 08:40:09 EDT

I got the following mail:

From: root <root>
To: carlo@runaway.xs4all.nl
Subject: errors rotating logs

errors occured while rotating /home/carlo/irc/log/*

/home/carlo/irc/log/log.Flanders.Be.Eu.Undernet.org.: No
such file or directory
sh: Neo: command not found
sh: .1: command not found
failed to compress previous log

Note that "log.Flanders.Be.Eu.Undernet.org.|Neo|" is a
FILE name. It tries (as root) to execute `Neo'. Surely
some quoting is missing somewhere :)


Carlo Wood
Comment 1 Preston Brown 1999-09-01 09:46:59 EDT
well I would hardly call this "arbitrary commands."  I can't see how a
user would be able to exploit this.  If root is logrotating logs, then
he has control over which directories and files to rotate.  If you are
running it as a user, you do as well.

However, you are correct that it isn't quoting everything (at least
that is how things appear).  I'll look into that.
Comment 2 Preston Brown 1999-09-24 14:25:59 EDT
it will be difficult to change logrotate to not do this.  Please
rename your log file.

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