[pmwiki-users] OpenOffice.org file uploads
akabaila at pcug.org.au
Mon Nov 13 17:56:54 CST 2006
On Tuesday 14 November 2006 04:03, pmwiki-users-request at pmichaud.com wrote:
> From: Robin Sheat <robin at kallisti.net.nz>
> To: pmwiki-users at pmichaud.com
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> On Monday 13 November 2006 10:45, Algis Kabaila wrote:
> > I will sure try it - it sounds just like what we need. I was aware of
> > the security issue, but it is our groups opinion that OO.org files are
> > more secure than other types. I will report the outcome.
> They are more secure. The reason PmWiki only specifies allowed extensions
> is for a different security problem. If you could upload (say) a .pl file,
> and the server has mod_perl enabled, then you can do Bad Things(tm). So it
> errs on the side of only letting a few things through. It's to protect the
> server, more than the users :)
A big thank you to all who replied to my post, including Robin. Following
your advice I have now enabled our pmwiki to upload OpenOffice files, as
requested by Rod, to whom I am sending a copy of this email.
I don't know Perl (nor, alas, php...) and it really is too late for me to
learn. OTH, I do program Python and as Python is definitely enabled on our
server (how else would one run "Mailman"?), IMHO security based on file
extensions is very weak indeed - almost meaningless. Why? Python will run
"scripts" (programs) without any extensions of their name. This is a problem
for security, is it not?
OldAl in sweltering Canberra Down-Under. Hi Robin, neighbour!
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Algis Kabaila (Dr)
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