Bug 4825 - logrotate doesn't quote shell constructs in filenames
Summary: logrotate doesn't quote shell constructs in filenames
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: logrotate
Version: 6.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Preston Brown
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Depends On:
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Reported: 1999-09-01 12:40 UTC by carlo
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 1999-09-24 18:25:08 UTC

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Description carlo 1999-09-01 12:40:09 UTC

I got the following mail:

From: root <root>
To: carlo.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 13:46:59 UTC
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 18:25:59 UTC
it will be difficult to change logrotate to not do this.  Please
rename your log file.

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