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Bug 79289

Summary: man -k attempts to run 'unsafe' script
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: David Wijnants <dwijnants>
Component: manAssignee: Eido Inoue <havill>
Status: CLOSED ERRATA QA Contact: Ben Levenson <benl>
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Version: 7.3CC: mitr
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Description David Wijnants 2002-12-09 16:54:14 UTC
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User-Agent: Mozilla/4.79 [en] (X11; U; Linux 2.4.18-18.7.x i686)

Description of problem:
If the parameter passed to 'man -k' contains a space, it exits with 'sh: unsafe:
command not found'. If there is a script with that name on the path, the script
will be run.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. man -k 'what is'
2. Now the same with example script (unsafe) on the path

echo "You've been trojaned!"

Actual Results:  Without 'unsafe' on path:

sh: unsafe: command not found
Error executing formatting or display command.
System command unsafe exited with status 32512.

With 'unsafe' on path:

You've been trojaned!

Expected Results:

what: nothing appropriate
is: nothing appropriate

(cf. apropos)

Additional info:

man-1.5j/src/utils.c filters out 'non-shell-safe commands' by replacing them
with the string 'unsafe', but man still goes ahead and runs the 'unsafe'

Comment 1 Alan Cox 2002-12-18 18:44:54 UTC
Agreed. We don't have "." on the path so the damage is minimal but its a bug
that wants squashing

Comment 2 Eido Inoue 2003-01-06 22:19:58 UTC
fixed in man-1.5j-14

Comment 3 Mark J. Cox 2003-04-28 12:45:56 UTC
An errata has been issued which should help the problem described in this bug report. 
This report is therefore being closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on the solution and/or where to find the updated files, please follow the link below. You may reopen 
this bug report if the solution does not work for you.