Subject: Re: bin/2905: setting environment vars from login
To: None <netbsd-bugs@NetBSD.ORG>
From: der Mouse <mouse@Holo.Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 10/30/1996 10:14:43
> What is the concern about letting a user set some environment
> variables on the line with their login name?  What does this
> mechanism allow that they couldn't have done anyway as soon as they
> get their shell prompt?

The "user" being logged in to may not _have_ a shell prompt.

Imagine you have a UUCP link to "host", login uume, and therefore know
the password - or perhaps you stole it from the real uume's owner.  Or
perhaps "host" supports anonymous uucp.

	% ftp host
	Username: anonymous
	Password: dream@on
	ftp> cd pub/incoming
	ftp> bin
	ftp> put
	ftp> quit
	% telnet host
	login: uume LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/var/spool/ftp/pub/incoming

...and as soon as anything dynamically linked gets run, this little
daemon appears on port 32109, or something comparably evil.

No, I prefer just stuffing everything after the login name into a
LOGIN_ARGS variable and letting that be processed however software
wishes.  A normal user may choose to "eval $LOGIN_ARGS"....

					der Mouse

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