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Re: Potentially insecure Perl scripts




Ian Jackson:
> Ian Jackson writes ("Re: Potentially insecure Perl scripts"):
>> Even if we care only about scripts which are part of Debian, rather
>> than scripts which people merely expect to run on Debian (and where
>> they trust Debian to not blow their leg off), there will probably be
>> many thousands.
> 
> I asked codesearch about
>    while.*\<\>
> and got 10780 results.
> 

Hi,

I had a similar thought but tried a slightly more complex pattern:

    (while\s*|for(each)?\s*(my)?\s*\$.*)\(.*<>\s*\)

The pattern also tries to cover "for" and "foreach" while also being
more strict to prune false positives (C++ templates, Pascal and SQL trip
naive searches for "<>").

This variant still puts us in the 3000 - 4000 results, which (while
being less than half of the original number) is far more than is likely
to be resolved manually in a reasonable time frame.

Thanks,
~Niels