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Re: Filenames with trailing newlines wreak havoc

From: Ben Reser <ben_at_reser.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2013 09:06:56 -0700

On Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 6:36 AM, Stefan Sperling <stsp_at_elego.de> wrote:
> We should add some C tests as well to verify API behaviour at the
> client layer and at the repos layer.
> Given the ripple effects of this problem in FSFS revision files I think
> we should ensure that the Subversion server blocks such filenames from
> entering the repository (any repository, FSFS and BDB). It seems FSFS format
> changes would be required to support filenames with trailing newlines
> properly, an effort which isn't worth the gain in my opinion.

+1, this is not an allowed use and is obviously a hole in our server
implementations. I'd actually say this is a potential DoS since
committing such a file creates all sorts of havoc for clients and
admins after the fact.

I'd suggest that we make svnadmin verify check for this condition and
report it. Then devise a fix procedure to remove or rename the file
in the repository. This allows admins to resolve their repositories
from this problem in case there are other cases of this out in the
wild that we don't know about.

> And given the ripple effects seen in areas such as repository verification,
> svnsync, and ra_neon, I don't think we can afford to call this a supported
> use case until all components of the system have been fixed to handle
> filenames with trailing newlines properly.

It probably breaks other things like the dump format and diff. Tons
of things assume newline has special meaning.
Received on 2013-03-26 17:07:37 CET

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