11.6 Further Reading on Security
While there are a number of books on computer security, there are also
useful articles on the web that touch on the issues described above:
This article describes some of the unfortunate effects of allowing
free choice of file names.
- Describes OS Command Injection
- Describes problems arising from allowing remote computers to send
requests which specify file names of their choice
- Describes problems relating to encoding file names and escaping
characters. This article is relevant to findutils because for command
lines processed via the shell, the encoding and escaping rules are
already set by the shell. For example command lines like
... -print | some-shell-script require specific care.
- A humorous and pithy summary of the broader problem.