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Re: Can CVS run batch files?

From: TimC
Subject: Re: Can CVS run batch files?
Date: Sun, 06 Mar 2005 01:41:27 GMT
User-agent: slrn/ (Linux)

On Wed, 02 Mar 2005 at 14:54 GMT, Jim.Hyslop (aka Bruce)
  was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea:
> harry wrote:
>>     I want to send a batch file via CVS and have CVS run it after it
>> has been downloaded to the client on the clients machine. Is it
>> possible to issue a command in CVS to run batch files or executables?
> No. This is a two-edged sword - it would be a useful feature to have (IIRC
> PVCS has, or used to have, this feature) but it's also a major security
> concern if a malicious user or virus hacks the batch file or exe on the
> server.
>> Any help would be greatly apreciated !!!
> You'll have to wrap your CVS in a batch file, and get your users in the
> habit of running the batch file instead of cvs.exe.

I was using this feature (Update.prog and Checkin.prog) to handle
symlinks when it was disabled last year due to the revelation that it
could be used in a malicious manner.

Since I am the only user of my repository, and there are access
controls in place to deny anyone else access to my repository, I found
this... a pain.

It would have been at least nice if the feature was turned off by
default, but had a switch to reenable it, along with a big bad warning
in the manpage saying when this feature shouldn't be used.

TimC --
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