March 2010 Archives

New fixes security hole, originally released with perl 5.002, has been an experiment to bring compile-time safety to perl. It allows to compile a (usually user-provided) snippet of perl code and execute it, while forbidding a configurable list of operations -- for example, all perl built-ins that would require disk or operating system access. Moreover, Safe "chroots" perl's main:: namespace, so the real program's variables can't be overwritten by the ones created by the code executed from Safe.

It's pretty clear that Safe does not provide absolute safety. For once, even overly restricted, it can be a…

About Rafaël Garcia-Suarez

user-pic I can haz Perl.