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Re: Security problem in C news and INN
From: Jeroen.Scheerder () let ruu nl (Jeroen Scheerder)
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 1994 08:30:15 +0100

At 14:20 24/2/94 -0500, Perry E. Metzger wrote:


there are shell scripts in Cnews and INN that pass the message to
ucbMail, where one can do ~ escapes.

Would simply replacing with /bin/mail fix this?

Yes. But binmail doesn't handle aliases since it completely bypasses
sendmail (or so I've heard) and doesn't have the '-s' switch, which is
relied on (and useful) in news reportings.

Messages are offered as stdin to the mailer. Why not simply ditch the ~
escapes? I.e. in stead of

    /bin/cat rmgroupmsg | /usr/ucb/mail -s 'rmgroup nonsense by Bozo.theClown'

just do something like

    /bin/sed -e 's/^~/ESCAPE-REPLACED>/' | \
        rmgroupmsg | /usr/ucb/mail -s 'rmgroup nonsense by Bozo.theClown'

In INN this can be easily done - by setting the mailer in the configuration
file. In Cnews, it's a bit harder - you'll have to go through the
configuration scripts etc. all over again. And you'll have to pay
attention, and maybe write a wrapper (i.e. /usr/local/lib/news/mail) to do
what you want.

Cheers, Jeroen.

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