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Bug 1062687 - fails due to not escaping text
Summary: fails due to not escaping text
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
Classification: Red Hat
Component: preupgrade-assistant
Version: 6.3
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: rc
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Assignee: Tomas Tomecek
QA Contact:
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2014-02-07 17:28 UTC by John Dennis
Modified: 2014-08-14 12:45 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2014-06-15 06:49:41 UTC
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Description John Dennis 2014-02-07 17:28:36 UTC
If the content description in the .ini file contains a '<' character then fails with cryptic error messages.

./ contents-users/RHEL6_7/services/freeradius/
Encountered a parse error in file 'contents-users/RHEL6_7/services/freeradius', details: not well-formed (invalid token): line 23, column 40
File which can be used by Preupgrade-Assistant is:

Turns out the problem was the use of '<' in the text, it had read something like "if the version < 3.x". Changing it to read "if the version is less than 3.x" fixed it.

I'm guessing that whatever feeds the text into some part of the xml creation is failing to escape the text. Of course a bare '<' is not tolerated in XML. For safety and sanity sake raw text should always be escaped.

Comment 2 Ondrej Vasik 2014-02-08 08:18:56 UTC
Can you please provide the version? I'm quite sure escaping was fixed long time ago, so either some change introduced regression or you have very old version of preupg.

Comment 3 Tomas Tomecek 2014-02-10 12:04:22 UTC
You are right John. Title texts are not being escaped.

Comment 5 John Dennis 2014-02-10 19:39:50 UTC
verified the current git version of now works if a '<' character appears in the description fields of the .ini file.

Thank you.

Comment 6 Ondrej Vasik 2014-06-15 06:49:41 UTC
As the bugzilla is marked VERIFIED and preupgrade-assistant packages went alive, I'm closing the bugzilla CURRENTRELEASE. Please file new separate bugzilla for any remaining issues.

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