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Re: Feature Request: Custom delimeter for single quotes

From: Patrick Blesi
Subject: Re: Feature Request: Custom delimeter for single quotes
Date: Sat, 2 Nov 2019 11:38:02 -0500

I was originally thinking I did not want to shell-quote these because I may
have wanted part of the user input to be interpreted by the shell. Thinking
more about this, I want the entirety of user input to be treated as a
verbatim string to be passed to the tmux command, so this is exactly what I

Regarding security issues, that isn't a concern for this use case because
the user is allowed to execute arbitrary commands within the application.
The application is invoked at the command line as opposed to through a web
or other restricted interface. Any security concerns would be implemented
at the OS level (file permissions, etc.).

Thank you for your help.

-- Patrick

On Fri, Nov 1, 2019 at 3:57 PM Andreas Schwab <address@hidden> wrote:

> On Nov 01 2019, Patrick Blesi wrote:
> > The actual use case is taking a command from a Ruby script:
> >
> >
> https://github.com/braintree/runbook/blob/4a0f0770a8a2a7be135cf13ee435d981b5975a06/lib/runbook/helpers/tmux_helper.rb#L23
> >
> > `tmux send-keys -t #{target} #{_pager_escape_sequence} '#{command}' C-m`
> >
> > The user specifies the command they want to run as a Ruby string and it
> > gets interpolated into the above string and then executed (The backticks
> in
> > Ruby invoke the command in a subprocess and return the output as a
> string,
> > #{} is string interpolation). As you can see, if the user-specified
> command
> > has a single quote, it will break this command unless escaped.
> Just shell-quote the characters in the interpolated string, as you need
> to do anyway for the other interpolated strings.  Not doing this would
> be a security bug waiting to happen.
> Andreas.
> --
> Andreas Schwab, address@hidden
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