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Re: bug#37656: 27.0.50; Arbitrary code execution with special `mode:'

From: Stefan Kangas
Subject: Re: bug#37656: 27.0.50; Arbitrary code execution with special `mode:'
Date: Wed, 16 Oct 2019 01:17:51 +0200

Stefan Kangas <address@hidden> writes:

> > The below patch seems to fix it by disabling the feature it exploits.
> Here is a more complete patch.  Does it look like the right fix?

flymake.el was first added to Emacs in version 22.1:
4bcbcb9df3 2004-05-29 Eli Zaretskii New file.

The "multiple mode specification feature" dates back to:
9fa7bfe524 1993-09-11 Richard M. Stallman
    (hack-local-variables-prop-line): Ignore any specification
    for `mode:', since set-auto-mode has already handled it.
    (set-auto-mode): Clean up.  Handle more than one `mode:' spec in -*-.

The code that my proposed patch changes has stayed untouched since
this 1993 commit.  If we agree that disabling this feature is the
solution here, a backported security fix should therefore hopefully be
a one liner all the way back to version 22.1.

Best regards,
Stefan Kangas

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